The Department of Transport has granted an extra £1.46m to repair potholes on Buckinghamshire’s roads.
Bucks County Council (BCC) will receive £1,463,514 from a dedicated Pothole Repair Fund pot of £168 million, although local authorities may choose to spend money on other road maintenance.
The cash is enough to repair 27,000 potholes. BCC received further extra funding of £2.5 million from the DfT previously as part of the Severe Weather Recovery Scheme.
BCC will now work with Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) to determine the most efficient way to use this funding to repair as many potholes throughout the county as possible. Further information will be made available in due course.
Cabinet Member for Transportation, Ruth Vigor-Hedderly said: “We are delighted with the extra money awarded by the DfT, which will help even more repairs be carried out on the roads in Buckinghamshire. This won’t allow us to repair every pothole in the county, but we shall make sure the money is used wisely to repair as many as possible.”
As a condition of receiving the money local authorities are required to publish monthly progress updates on how many potholes have been repaired.
All repair works using the funds have to be completed by the end of March 2015.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced today is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.
“But it is only one part of a massive programme of investment to get our country up to speed as part of this Government’s long term economic plan.
“By building, repairing and renewing our key infrastructure we will ensure the future growth and prosperity of this county.”