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Northamptonshire to get an extra £1.5 million to fix potholes

Secretary of State for transport Patrick Mcloughlin in St David's Road, Kingsthorpe, talking to Michael Ellis about the state of the roads in Northamptonshire. ENGNNL00120131107161430

Secretary of State for transport Patrick Mcloughlin in St David's Road, Kingsthorpe, talking to Michael Ellis about the state of the roads in Northamptonshire. ENGNNL00120131107161430

 

Northamptonshire is to be given an extra £1.5 million to help repair roads in the county damaged by severe weather, the Transport Secretary confirmed today.

The money is not part of the Chancellor’s extra £200 million pothole fund announced yesterday but is an exceptional one-off payment of £183.5 million of extra funding the government has made available to help with road repairs following the wettest winter on record.

Northamptonshire, which has been given a total of £1.54 million, is one of a 116 local authorities in England that have received Government funding to fix potholes.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Damage to roads causes misery for drivers and local communities and the severe weather over the last few months has made the problem worse.

“This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and residents across the East Midlands who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”

To promote greater transparency and accountability, all local highway authorities will be required to publish information on their website by end August 2014 showing where the money has been spent.

 

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