Over £30m will aid Surrey road repairs
Surrey will receive £33.5 million from the government in 2020/21 to help repair its broken roads and fix potholes across the county, it has been announced.
Freedom of Information research conducted by a car leasing company last year showed that, of the 70 local authorities which were contacted, Surrey County Council (SCC) received the highest number of compensation claims (3,533) for damage caused by potholes between 1 January 2018 and 17 October 2019.
Now the county will receive a significant share of the £2.5 billion Potholes Fund that was announced in the government’s most recent budget in March.
Commenting, Esher and Walton MP and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab praised the decision.
Raab’s office said he had written to the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on March 23 to urge him to allocate a chunk of the new funding in Surrey’s direction:
“This funding allocation is good news for drivers and cyclists in Elmbridge and across Surrey,” Raab said.
“As well as damaging cars, potholes can cause injuries and generate unnecessary costs for residents…this funding will help to support the local economy and residents’ quality of life,” the Esher and Walton MP added.