To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timetable is for the widespread filling in of potholes on roads in Herefordshire.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the prevalence of potholes on trade and commerce.
Potholes are a menace to all road users, including business. The Government announced in the Budget 2020, the Pothole Fund, which will help support local highway authorities repair potholes nationwide, including those in Herefordshire.
The Department for Transport is allocating £1.7 billion in 2020/21 financial year to local highway authorities in England, outside London, for local highways maintenance and this includes £500 million from the Pothole Fund. The Department is providing Herefordshire Council with £18.8 million this financial year and it is for the Council to decide on how this funding is utilised based on their highway asset management strategy, needs and priorities.
Whilst the Department has not made a specific assessment of the prevalence of potholes on trade and commerce, the Department is aware research into this area has highlighted the problem which potholes cause to business and commerce. This is a further example of why it is so important to tackle this issue, and why we are committed to funding pothole repair.