East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been awarded £2.6 million from the Department for Transport’s Pothole Fund following a successful application by the transport policy and highways asset management teams.
The Pothole Fund was created by the Government as part of the 2014 Budget Statement, and includes a total of £168 million for highway authorities in England to help repair damage to the local road network.
The council submitted an application to the fund in May 2014 setting out how any additional funding would be used to fix existing defects in the road and to fund a programme of planned maintenance to reduce the likelihood of defects appearing in the future.
Using the Department for Transport’s repair estimates, the £2.6 million from the Pothole Fund would be enough to fill around 48,000 potholes, although the funding can be used for a range of road maintenance schemes. This pothole funding will complement the additional £1.3 million for highways maintenance awarded to the council through the Department’s weather repair fund in March 2014.
Councillor Chris Matthews, cabinet portfolio holder for infrastructure, highways and emergency planning, said: “Following another successful funding application, the council is delighted that we have been awarded this significant sum for pothole repairs in the East Riding.
“This funding will allow the council to repair a substantial number of potholes and other road defects, resulting in a more efficient and safer road network for local residents.”