Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gaping Hole in Funding for Region's Road Repairs

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gaping Hole in Funding for Region's Road Repairs

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Byline: Michael Muncaster Reporter michael.muncaster@trinitymirror.com

GOVERNMENT promises to help resolve the region's roads potholes problems are today exposed as a sham.

Just weeks after experts revealed PS553m was needed to repair the region's 58,000 potholes, the Government announced it will chip in...with PS3m.

The handout was announced by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and forms part of a national PS6bn fund to deal with road maintenance between 2015 and 2021.

It was the Asphalt Industry Alliance which said it would take 13 years and PS553m to fix the region's roads - or PS50.4m per local authority.

Experts have warned the condition of the roads will only get worse as increased traffic takes its toll.

The North East cash will come the Government's Pothole Action Fund and is part of PS50m to be spent to repair nearly one million potholes across the country over the next 12 months.

Northumberland will get the most cash as it has been awarded PS1,111,000 to fill 20,962 potholes.

County Durham received PS784,000, Sunderland was given PS184,000 and Newcastle was awarded PS152,000.

Meanwhile Gateshead was given PS143,000, North Tyneside received PS138,000 and South Tyneside was awarded PS100,000.

Funding is calculated according to the size of the road network in a given area.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, Northumberland County Council's cabinet member for local services, said: "The extreme weather over December and January took its toll on the road network and the freezing conditions which followed the wet weather caused further issues.

"We fully appreciate the importance of maintaining our roads to a high standard and we know this is an issue which drivers and residents are concerned about.

"This extra funding has allowed us to implement an intensive programme of pothole repairs, which is already under way and will last for around four months, to help address the damage to road surfaces this winter. …

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