Local authorities are being boosted by a further £100 million in funding to help repair potholes and other damage caused to roads.
The announcement from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling comes after a period of severe weather conditions throughout the United Kingdom, which has resulted in an increase in potholes and other wear and tear on the road network.
The extra £100 million to repair potholes is in addition to the £75 million allocated from the Pothole Action Fund for local authorities, as well as £46 million investment for highways authorities.
News of this extra investment comes soon after the annual report from the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) which laid bare the problems in the fight to repair potholes.
It revealed a shortfall in the annual carriageway maintenance budget per local authority of £3.3 million.
Government funding will help local authorities to repair approximately two million potholes and protect roads from future severe weather.
Mr Grayling explained the investment decision.
He said: “People rely on good roads to get to work and to see friends or family.
“We have seen an unusually prolonged spell of freezing weather which has caused damage to our local roads.
“We are giving councils even more funding to help repair their roads so all road users can enjoy their journeys without having to dodge potholes.”
It is particularly important for Britain’s business community, as industries such as road haulage rely on safe and high quality roads on a daily basis. The Road Haulage Association has called for greater investment as a result of the problems already seen.
The government has reacted to calls for pothole repair investment and in addition, will pump in £900,000 worth of innovations that use connected vehicles which will help local authorities to manage and plan maintenance works.
The hope is this will help councils by providing data which ultimately allow them to repair potholes before they occur.