Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Transport written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Conservative, Hereford and South Herefordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to repair potholes.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department for Transport is providing over £1 billion to local authorities this financial year for local highways maintenance which includes tackling potholes.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer on 19 March as part of the Budget announced an additional £200 million in 2014-15 specifically to address the problem of potholes—£168 million of this new funding is being made available to councils in England. Further guidance will be made available on how councils can bid for this funding in the coming weeks.

The Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme which the Department for Transport sponsors published a report in April 2012 which provides advice to councils on how to deal with potholes. This is available at the following weblink:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/3995/pothole-review.pdf

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