Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PS11.8m of Funding for Roads Granted

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PS11.8m of Funding for Roads Granted

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Byline: Paul Tully ? 07554 437755 ?

THE North East has been handed an PS11.8m road budget boost by the Government.

Twelve regional councils from Northumberland to Teesside will share the pot announced by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

Northumberland has won the biggest slice - PS3.9m - while Durham will receive PS2.8m.

Newcastle will get PS633,000, North Tyneside PS502,000 and South Tyneside PS354,000, while Sunderland will be given the third-largest sum, PS804,000.

Northumberland and Durham County Councils receive the greater allocation because of the larger areas covered by their road networks.

Hexham Conservative MP Guy Opperman yesterday welcomed the allocation - but warned county chiefs that west Northumberland must get "a fair share" of the extra funding.

Mr Opperman said: "We have been lobbying hard for extra funding for Northumberland.

He said: "Our roads are in crisis at the moment. The number of potholes in my part of Northumberland is becoming dangerous.

"This extra money should help the county council get the best out of the road networks."

Mr Opperman urged highways chiefs "not to spend it all in the south east of the county" and added: "A fair share of this extra funding must come to us here in west Northumberland.

"I will be keeping a close watch on where this additional funding has been spent."

The extra money is part of a PS333m all-roads fund, including motorways and trunk roads, announced in Chancellor George Osborne's autumn statement on December 5. …

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