£140 million pledged for UK pothole repairs

This decision was announced yesterday by the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, in response to Britain’s roads being hit by one of the worst winters on record.

Consequently the funding dedicated for councils to fix the roads most damaged by severe weather will be increased by £36.5m, to a total of £80million.

Also, following the exceptionally severe weather of recent months, an extra £103.5million is also being made available to all councils across England.

The news comes a couple of months after research released by Halfords Autocentres revealed that Britain’s motorists were facing an annual bill of £1.2 billion, for fixing damage caused by potholes.

The Government’s latest money pledge comes on top of nearly £900 million already made available for road maintenance this year. It means the government has now invested more than £1 billion towards road maintenance in the 2013/14 period.

These developments will be welcomed by UK drivers who may be concerned by the impact of recent bad weather and the current frequency of potholes on local roads.

Figures from Halfords Autocentres reveal that in over the past year, 8.9 million vehicles in the UK have suffered steering or suspension damage as a result of potholes.

All the heavy rain the UK was subjected to earlier this winter will have eroded the surface of the country’s roads. This problem undermines the lower, structural layers of the roads, creating cracks, fissures and potholes.

While local councils have a responsibility to maintain their roads properly, it has become apparent that the recent exceptional weather has caused significant additional damage.

The Transport Secretary McLoughlin commented: "Having the right infrastructure in place to support businesses and hardworking people is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan. This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and local residents who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys."

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, also commented: "It’s because of the difficult decisions we have made on public spending that we can afford to repair roads damaged by the severe weather as part of our long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future and help hardworking people."

UK motorists who come across a pothole on their journey can report it to their local council so they are notified of the problem.