ANDREW SELOUS MP WELCOMES FUNDS TO FIX POTHOLES

Andrew Selous MP has welcomed news that local road-users will benefit from a dedicated £365,000 pothole fund, which will keep the country moving and build a country that works for everyone.

This cash is part of a £1.2 billion fund for local roads that the Government is allocating to councils to repair and rebuild our transport links.

This funding will improve roads, cut congestion and improve journey times includes money from the new National Productivity Investment Fund, announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement and the Pothole Action Fund. It also includes £75 million which councils can bid for to repair and maintain local infrastructure such as bridges, street lighting and rural roads.

Local motorists will benefit from the dedicated funding after the Government announced that nearly £50 million of funding will be made available to local councils over the next 12 months.  This is part of a wider package totalling £8,089,000 across the East of England Region.

The government has today also published further information about what the funding will be spent on – the latest step in our economic plan to stimulate the economy and build a country that works for everyone.

Andrew Selous commented:

‘The state of our roads is consistently raised with me by local residents and remains a great source of frustration for drivers.

‘This funding is welcome news for families and businesses in the Central Bedfordshire Council area who rely on our roads to get around.  It builds on the £244,000 we got last year and is the latest step in our plan to build a country that works for everyone.

‘Today’s announcement shows that we are delivering on our commitment to invest in infrastructure to attract businesses and secure a better future for local businesses.’

ENDS

Notes to Editors

 To see how many potholes will be filled in your postcode, go to postcode checker.

To see an interactive map of how many potholes are going to be filled in 2016/17 in your local authority area, check the map.

Councils across England are today finding out their share of £1.2 billion local roads funding for the 2017/18 financial year.  The £1.2 billion for 2017/18 consists of:

o   £210 million from the National Productivity Investment Fund announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement when the Chancellor committed to invest an extra £1.3bn improving the road network over the course of the Parliament. £185 million will be allocated to local highway authorities in England, outside London, to improve local highways and public transport networks, which also includes £25 million for safer roads to tackle some of the most dangerous A roads;

o   £801 million to be shared across local highway authorities in England, outside London, to help improve the condition of local roads;

o   £70 million to be shared across local highway authorities in England, outside London, from the Pothole Action Fund which will help repair over 1.3 million potholes;

o   £75 million from the Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund, inviting local highway authorities in England, outside London, to compete for funding to help repair and maintain local highway infrastructure, such as bridges, lighting and rural roads.

o   £75 million from the Highways Maintenance Incentive Element which invites to complete a self-assessment questionnaire in order to reward those who demonstrate they truly understand the value of their asset.

(DfT, Road funding: information pack, January 2017).

The Pothole Action Fund was first announced in April 2016.  Over 100 councils in England received funding to help remove around 943,000 potholes from local roads during the first year alone.  The funding has been made available as part of the £250 million Pothole Action Fund included the 2015 Budget will fix over 4 million potholes by 2020/21 (DfT Press Release, 7 April 2016, link).

Table 1: local authority statistics

Below are estimates of the number of potholes that will be filled in 2016/17 per UK Parliamentary constituency in England.

 

FIGURE C
COUNCIL AREA Pothole Action Fund allocation in 2016/17
Hartlepool £                         64,000
Middlesbrough £                         71,000
Redcar and Cleveland £                       121,000
Stockton-on-Tees £                       116,000
Darlington £                         92,000
County Durham £                       784,000
Northumberland £                    1,111,000
Gateshead £                       143,000
Newcastle upon Tyne £                       152,000
North Tyneside £                       138,000
South Tyneside £                       100,000
Sunderland £                       184,000
Warrington £                       161,000
Blackburn with Darwen £                         85,000
Blackpool £                         77,000
Cheshire East £                       534,000
Cheshire West and Chester £                       448,000
Cumbria £                    1,444,000
Lancashire £                    1,241,000
Bolton £                       170,000
Bury £                       105,000
Manchester £                       209,000
Oldham £                       137,000
Rochdale £                       121,000
Salford £                       137,000
Stockport £                       151,000
Tameside £                       117,000
Trafford £                       137,000
Wigan £                       195,000
Halton £                       101,000
Knowsley £                       107,000
Liverpool £                       229,000
Sefton £                       155,000
St. Helens £                       143,000
Wirral £                       206,000
Kingston upon Hull, City of £                         87,000
East Riding of Yorkshire £                       690,000
North East Lincolnshire £                       113,000
North Lincolnshire £                       318,000
York £                       120,000
North Yorkshire £                    1,637,000
Barnsley £                       218,000
Doncaster £                       250,000
Rotherham £                       229,000
Sheffield £                                  –
Bradford £                       299,000
Calderdale £                       187,000
Kirklees £                       325,000
Leeds £                       475,000
Wakefield £                       272,000
Derby £                         96,000
Leicester £                       119,000
Rutland £                       106,000
Nottingham £                       117,000
Derbyshire £                    1,106,000
Leicestershire £                       717,000
Lincolnshire £                    1,804,000
Northamptonshire £                       711,000
Nottinghamshire £                       839,000
Herefordshire, County of £                       674,000
Telford and Wrekin £                       176,000
Stoke-on-Trent £                       129,000
Shropshire £                    1,036,000
Staffordshire £                    1,069,000
Warwickshire £                       832,000
Worcestershire £                       894,000
Birmingham £                                  –
Coventry £                       154,000
Dudley £                       172,000
Sandwell £                       160,000
Solihull £                       159,000
Walsall £                       140,000
Wolverhampton £                       110,000
Peterborough £                       175,000
Luton £                         59,000
Southend-on-Sea £                         65,000
Thurrock £                       110,000
Bedford £                       137,000
Central Bedfordshire £                       244,000
Cambridgeshire £                       973,000
Essex £                    1,500,000
Hertfordshire £                       943,000
Norfolk £                    1,616,000
Suffolk £                    1,384,000
Medway £                       135,000
Bracknell Forest £                       101,000
West Berkshire £                       217,000
Reading £                         60,000
Slough £                         43,000
Windsor and Maidenhead £                       145,000
Wokingham £                       159,000
Milton Keynes £                       168,000
Brighton and Hove £                         93,000
Portsmouth £                         76,000
Southampton £                         80,000
Isle of Wight £                                  –
Buckinghamshire £                       546,000
East Sussex £                       642,000
Hampshire £                    1,488,000
Kent £                    1,473,000
Oxfordshire £                    1,036,000
Surrey £                    1,033,000
West Sussex £                       841,000
Bath and North East Somerset £                       176,000
Bristol, City of £                       186,000
North Somerset £                       199,000
South Gloucestershire £                       275,000
Plymouth £                       112,000
Torbay £                         71,000
Bournemouth £                         73,000
Poole £                         91,000
Swindon £                       163,000
Cornwall £                    1,267,000
Wiltshire £                       866,000
Devon £                    1,952,000
Dorset £                       817,000
Gloucestershire £                    1,006,000
Somerset £                    1,177,000

 

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