Millions given to councils to spend on road repairs after March snow storms

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 March 2018

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The Government has promised £2.8million to North Somerset and Somerset councils to fix potholes made worse by recent snowfall.

File photo dated 20/03/18 of a car passing a pothole, as Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said that a further £100 million will be spent on tackling potholes and repairing storm damage in England. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 26, 2018. The move comes just days after a report found a fifth of local roads in England and Wales were in a poor condition and warned that councils faced a funding black hole to maintain carriageways. See PA story TRANSPORT Potholes. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA WireFile photo dated 20/03/18 of a car passing a pothole, as Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said that a further £100 million will be spent on tackling potholes and repairing storm damage in England. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 26, 2018. The move comes just days after a report found a fifth of local roads in England and Wales were in a poor condition and warned that councils faced a funding black hole to maintain carriageways. See PA story TRANSPORT Potholes. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Department for Transport (DfT) will invest almost £100million nationwide to repair road surfaces and other highway issues caused by bad weather.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees said North Somerset Council will receive an additional £383,954 to help repair potholes and storm damage caused by the storm and the Beast From The East.

The news comes just weeks after the council revealed it would lose almost £340,000 of Government highways funding from April, which sparked fears roads would soon become deteriorate.

Cllr Ap Rees said the money will support the council’s ‘ongoing commitment’ to improve the roads.

He added: “Our ‘smart gangs’ carry out high quality, urgent repairs to potholes across North Somerset, working on a ‘fix it once, fix it well’ basis.

“On average around 95 per cent of potholes are fixed within 28 days of being reported.

“Not all defects or holes meet national guidelines for repair. When that is the case they are monitored by officers so a repair can be carried out at an appropriate time.”

Somerset County Council will receive more than £2.4million to repair its roads.

Wells MP James Heappey – whose constituency includes Cheddar and Burnham – welcomed the ‘much-needed’ funds.

He said: “With the money now available, local residents should make sure they are reporting any local potholes so they can hopefully now be fixed.”

Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “People rely on good roads to get to work and to see friends and family. We have seen an unusually prolonged spell of freezing weather which caused damage to our local roads.

“We are giving councils even more funding to help repair their roads so all users can enjoy their journeys without having to dodge potholes.”

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