£23 million pothole funding announced

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has welcomed the announcement of £23 million in government funding to help develop new ways to mend and prevent potholes.

The funding will support research and trials into new wear-resistant road surfaces, as well as exploring new techniques for repairing potholes.

This initiative follows the allocation of an additional £420m for pothole repair in the November budget with £10 million going to Lancashire.

With the new research included, the road maintenance and repairs budget for 2015 to 2020 has reached £6.6bn.

 

Mr Stephenson said: “I strongly welcome this new funding. Despite three times as much money now being spent tackling Lancashire’s potholes, my recent transport survey showed local motorists remain deeply concerned about the state of our roads and are yet to notice improvements.

As well as getting the right level of investment in our roads, we do need to find new ways to fix potholes that make our roads safer and save money in the long run.”

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Potholes are the number one enemy for road users and this government is looking at numerous ways to keep our roads in the best condition.

“Today’s trials will see how new technologies work in the real world to ensure our roads are built for the 21st century.”

The new technologies being trialled will be tested in eight local authorities before being rolled out nationwide if successful.