Government gives £79 million to Northamptonshire pothole repair fund

Michael Ellis MP with Patrick McCloughlin in Boothville, Northampton
Michael Ellis MP with Patrick McCloughlin in Boothville, Northampton

Highways teams in Northamptonshire are to be given a £79 million windfall from the Government specifically for repairing potholes .

The money is on top of the £3,3 million that was announced in the Chancellor’s budget in March this year, and the new cash will be spent between 2015 and 2021.

Next year, the funding will total £15.2 million, followed by slightly smaller amounts until 2021.

The Department for Transport allocates funding to local authorities based on local need, so councils with larger highway networks receive more of the funding.

Michael Ellis, the Northampton North MP, said he was delighted given that the state of roads was the top priority for his constituents in survey he conducted.

He said: “It’s no exageration to say this level of funding is down to the residents of Northampton North because it was by a country mile the biggest issue there.

“Not only are potholes dangerous to cyclists and vehicles, and cause damage to cars and business vehicles, they also result in compensation claims to councils.

“A huge amount can be done with this money and I’m extreemly pleased the Government has listened to me and to my constituents.

“I couldn’t have asked for any more.”

The investment amounts to £90 million a year, enough to fix around 1.7 million potholes across the region.

Over £4.7 billion will be shared between 115 councils, while a further £575 million will be available through a new fund to help repair and maintain local highway infrastructure such as junctions, bridges and street lighting.

It was also announced today that £578 million has been set aside for an incentive fund scheme which will start in 2016 to reward councils who “deliver value for money in carrying out cost effective improvements.

Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary, speaking on a visit to Boothville, Northampton. to make the announcement said: “Roads play a significant part in everyday life. Poorly-maintained local roads, blighted by potholes, are a menace to all road users, particularly during the festive period as people travel to see family and friends.

“The £540 million I am announcing today for the East Midlands will put an end to short term fixes and will mean we have committed £10 billion between 2010 and 2021. This huge investment is part of our long term economic plan to ensure we have a transport network fit for the 21st century.”