Cash boost promised to repair Wiltshire’s potholes
Potholes are set to be fixed across the county after a cash injection was revealed in this week’s Autumn Budget.
Chancellor Phillip Hammond confirmed that £420 million will be given to local highways authorities to provide immediate repairs.
Mr Hammond said: “Every member of Parliament will testify pot holes are high on the public list of concerns so as autumn takes hold I am making an additional £420m available immediately to local high ways authorities bridge repairs and other minor works in this financial year.”
Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for highways, said: “We welcome any announcement of additional government funding being available to improve highways.
“However, we’ll need more details on how the money will be allocated before making specific plans on how it will be spent.
“We are committed to improving highways as much as we can and allocated £24m in our 2017/18 budget for highways and bridge repairs.
“Our increased investment over the last five years has made significant improvements across the county’s network and any additional money will help us to do even more.”
Last year nearly 15,000 potholes were repaired by Wiltshire Council at a cost of £1,300,000.
Pothole compensation has exceeded £90k since April 2017, and the cost of ridding damage to roads has totalled over £1.6m.
Figures released by Wiltshire council show that since April 2017, 14,800 pot holes have been repaired on Wiltshire roads and Since the start of this financial year, £33,053.32 has been paid out to disgruntled drivers in compensation.
Pothole problems have become so bad that nearly half of drivers believe they have caused damage to their cars or vehicles.
Extra funding for schools, the NHS and social care were also revealed during the Autumn Budget in which the Chancellor declared that austerity was coming to an end.