County awarded £2.7m to help repair potholes

Potholes, Northumberland
Potholes, Northumberland

More than £2m has been awarded to council officials to help repair roads and pavements in the county.

Northumberland County Council has received £2.7m from the Department of Transport to help resurface areas damaged by the weather.

Officials at the council had already earmarked £600,000 in their 2014-15 budget to speed up the repairs of potholes, but they have now welcomed the additional government funding.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment, said: “This additional funding is very welcome and confirms the need for funding that we have demonstrated in our bids to government.

“It will enable the council to accelerate its work to repair roads and structures which have been badly affected by extreme weather.

“Like many local authorities we are having to deal with the deterioration of highways due to long term under investment and unusually wet weather, which has caused tidal surges, high river levels and surface water damage.

“The funding will allow work on roads, bridges and other structures, as well as repairs to landslips.

“A programme of work is currently being confirmed and we will be starting to roll this out at the earliest opportunity.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “This extra money will help make a real difference to road users and residents across the north east who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”