£2m extra funding announced to fix potholes in North Lincolnshire
The money comes from a £420 million pothole repair fund announced by the Government in the Budget and will be spent on repairing roads across the Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire area
An extra £2 million has been allocated to fix potholes on North Lincolnshire’s roads.
The money will come out of £420 million announced by the Government in the recent Budget to repair damage to roads across the country or stop potholes from forming.
It adds to funding already set aside by North Lincolnshire Council to spend on highways in Scunthorpe and the wider area.
A total of £42 million will be spent on fixing potholes and bridges around Yorkshire and the Humber as part of the funding announced in the Budget.
North Lincolnshire will receive a total of £2,040,000 extra from the fund this financial year to fix potholes or stop them from forming.
Council leader Rob Waltham said: “This is a welcome boost to highways funding locally. The Government have listened to North Lincolnshire Council’s concerns about the challenges we’re facing here.
“We have a lot of road repairs planned and this will allow us to bring them forwards.
“Obviously this is a rural area with more than 800 miles of roads, and we’ve had a lot of excessive sunshine and rain over the last few months which takes its toll, so this couldn’t have come at a better time.”
North East Lincolnshire came off less well in terms of cash, with £885,000 being allocated for the Grimsby area from the fund.
Roads Minister Jesse Noman said: “Potholes are a huge problem for all road users, and too often we see issues occurring at the same place time after time.
“Yorkshire and the Humber will be getting an extra £42 million this winter to keep its roads in good condition to keep drivers and cyclists safe.”
The East Riding of Yorkshire was the biggest winner from the Budget bonus, coming away with nearly £5 million extra to spend on its roads.
North Lincolnshire Council announced earlier this year that it was to carry out a £49 million investment programme for the region’s roads over the next four years, of which pothole repairs forms part.
An additional £1.1 million was allocated from the Government’s pothole challenge fund by late March.
Between mid-March and mid-April, the council said its highways staff had repaired almost 3,000 potholes across the region, with the focus then turning to more permanent repairs.
Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin warned recently that more funding was needed to help keep the road network in good condition.
He said: “There are too many potholes as you drive through Scunthorpe, Kirton in Lindsey, Bottesford and the rest of the area I represent, and the council needs to get its finger out and improve the quality of roads and pavements.”
However, not everyone thinks the £420 million will be enough to fix all problems on the country’s roads.
AA President Edmund King warned the true bill would be closed to £9 billion.