£500 Million Available for Local Road Maintenance
15th March, 2020
The new Budget released by the government last week sees a 50% increase in the local road maintenance budgets for 2020-21 bringing the total allocation to £500 million.
The new Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak advised “We are going to eradicate the scourge of potholes in every part of the country. We can’t level up Britain and spread opportunity if we are spending our journeys dodging potholes and forking out for the damage they cause. It’s vital we keep roads in good condition.”
Over 700,000 potholes were reported during 2018 (Federation of small business) and in excess of £1.9 million in compensation was paid out to claimants who had experienced damage to their vehicles as a result.
The treasury has advised the funding will be available both to address potholes already in need of repair and to perform preventative work, resurfacing roads to prevent potholes from appearing in the first place.
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