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Extra cash to fix Northants potholed roads

Brackley resident Michael Turney who had problems with potholes in his road last year. 131010M-C433 ENGPNL00120131220125406

Brackley resident Michael Turney who had problems with potholes in his road last year. 131010M-C433 ENGPNL00120131220125406

Northamptonshire will receive an extra £3.3 million to fix potholes on the county’s roads, the Department for Transport has announced.

The county is one of 148 local authorities that has received a share of £168 million Pothole Repair Fund announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his last Budget speech.

The local authority is one of three in the country to be given a greater share of the money for demonstrating “model practice”.

The county council will now have to decide which roads it intends to spend the money on and all repair works have to be completed by end of March 2015.

A spokesman for Northants County Council said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have received this additional money from the government and pleased there has been a recognition that we’re working hard to find innovative ways of improving the roads while achieving value for money.

“This is a significant contribution to the highways maintenance budget which will be targeted directly at carriageway repairs and we’d like to thank everyone that worked on the bid.

“We recognise that the roads require a great deal of attention as surfaces have suffered due to decades of under investment and a succession of severe winters.

“Despite recent progress we’re also aware there’s a great deal of work that still needs to be done which will cost many more millions of pounds.”

Northamptonshire has been commended by the Department for Transport for setting up systems to track pothole repairs in real time, allowing it to co-ordinate work more effectively and make sure teams are deployed efficiently.

 

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