Millions of pounds set aside for road repairs in Staffordshire
Staffordshire will receive the largest chunk of a £43.5 million Government investment to fix potholes throughout the West Midlands, keeping drivers and cyclists safe this winter.
It was announced earlier this week that the Department for Transport will invest £43.5 million into road repairs across the West Midlands region.
And the biggest chunk of cash will be heading to Staffordshire, with a total of £8.9 million set aside to fix potholes and other highway problems across the county.
Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: “Potholes are a huge problem for all road users, and too often we see issues occurring at the same place time after time.
“That is why the government is investing more in improving our roads than at any time before – £15 billion between 2015 and 2020 and a further £28.8 billion to 2025, plus an immediate extra £420 million for potholes and local road maintenance just this year.
“The West Midlands will be getting an extra £43 million this winter to keep its roads in good condition to keep drivers and cyclists safe.”
Staffordshire County Council has confirmed the grant and money has now been allocated to local areas, although a breakdown of the funds has not been released.
Helen Fisher, who leads highways and transport at the council, said: “We welcome the additional funding for road repairs announced in the October budget which has now been allocated to each local authority area.
“This will support our ongoing programme of road maintenance across our large network which was boosted by our own additional £5 million investment this financial year.
“What we would like to see is more long-term sustained funding to help us plan our future road maintenance programme.”
Next year, the region will receive £110 million from the Local Highways Maintenance and Integrated Transport Block funds, which will go towards repairing roads and investing in safety, walking and cycling schemes.