£500m pothole cash for 2021/22 confirmed


The Department for Transport has confirmed that local authorities in England have been allocated £500m from the £2.5bn Potholes Fund next year.

Officials said the funding - originally announced in the 2020 Budget - will fix the equivalent of 10 million potholes across the country.


Transport minister Baroness Vere said: '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.'

The latest Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) Survey, published in March 2020, estimated that it would take 11 years to catch-up with the backlog of repairs on the local road network, at a cost of £11.14bn.

The AA welcomed confirmation of the funding but warned that it would not be enough to deliver the required improvements to the local road network.

Head of roads policy Jack Cousens said: 'Last month, just 15% of our members told us that residential roads were in a good condition with drivers in the North West, South East and East Midlands giving their streets the lowest ratings.

'Patching up roads may seem like a quick fix, but in reality, it is just a sticking plaster. In order for roads to remain safe and smooth, they need completely resurfacing.'

A survey for National Pothole Day last month found more than eight out of ten local authorities say the pothole crisis has worsened over the last five years.

This story first appeared on localgov.co.uk.


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