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Local authorities get £500 million to fix potholes across England

Councils across England have been allocated a share of £500 million for highways maintenance, with the funding expected to fix the equivalent of 10 million potholes across the country.

The Department for Transport said that with the average pothole costing around £50 to fill in, the funding will ensure that the equivalent of 10 million potholes can be rectified, making thousands of local roads both safer and easier to drive and cycle on.

Transport Minister Baroness Vere said:

“We know potholes are more than just a nuisance – they can be dangerous to drivers and cyclists alike, and cause damage to thousands of vehicles every year.

“The funding allocated today will help councils ensure roads in their area are kept up to standard, and that the potholes that blight road users can be dealt with promptly.”

Bedford Borough Council is responsible for the improvement, maintenance and development of the public highway network within the Borough, apart from trunk roads, which are the responsibility of Highways England.

The Borough Council has been allocated £4,890,000 for pothole repairs and other highways maintenance needs. A Borough Council spokesperson told the Chronicle:

“The money we have been granted is not solely for pothole repairs and includes monies allocated for a wide range of other highways infrastructure activities such as carriageway resurfacing.

“Like all councils, we continue to face extreme pressure to maintain the highways network. Nationally it is estimated that the road network requires an additional £11 billion of government funding to carry out necessary maintenance and repair.”

Potholes can be reported to Bedford Borough Council via its website