Councils &#thirty-nine;Need two hundred thirty Times More' To Fix Potholes

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:14 AM

The Government pledges £50m to fix potholes in England - but councils claim they necessity £11. 8bn to do the work properly.

Councils &#thirty-nine;Need two hundred thirty Times More' To Fix Potholes

Councils claim they need two hundred thirty times the £50m pledged by ministers to fix potholes across England.

The Dept for Transport said the cash would pay for one million potholes to be fixed in England over the next year.

While the Local Government Organization (LGA) welcomed the announcement, it claimed councils would only be able to "patch up" inadequate roads - not resurface them.

Transport spokesman Martin Tett said: "While £50m is a step in the right direction, councils necessity more than two hundred thirty times that quantity to cover the £11.8bn cost to bring our roads up to scratch.

"The money announced today will assistance those councils receiving it to tackle potholes, but it'd not even totally cover the cost of the £69m faced by the average authority to bring its roads up to a reasonable condition."

The S W is getting the most money at £8.4m, while the N E is receiving the minimum at £3m.

Breakdown organisations and the Road Haulage Organization welcomed the additional cash but agreed it wasn't enough - with the AA calling it "a drop in the ocean".

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the £50m was portion of an "unprecedented investment" of £6.1bn for local roads over the following five years.

:: N East - 58.000 (£3.076.000)  

:: N West - 121.000 (£6.411.000)

:: Yorkshire and Humber - 98.000 (£5.219.000)

:: E Midlands - 106.000 (£5.617.000)

:: W Midlands - 108.000 (£5.706.000)  

:: E of England - 136.000 (£7.205.000)

:: S East - 157.000 (£8.334.000)

:: S West - 159.000 (£8.433.000)

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