Lancashire to get share of £50m to repair thousands of potholes

St Helens Council is receiving �143,000 to fix potholes
St Helens Council is receiving �143,000 to fix potholes
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Lancashire is to get a share of a £50m government pot to repair potholes - which it claims will fill in up to 23,415 of its holes.

The county will receive £1,24m. The North West will get £6.4m helping to remove around 121,000 potholes during this financial year, the Government claims.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the fund is part of £6.1bn of Government money being spent on local road maintenance over the next five years.

Nearly one million potholes will be repaired in England over the next 12 months through the Pothole Action Fund, according to the Department for Transport.

Local authorities in the South West are getting the most money at £8.4m, the North East the least at £3m.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the fund is part of £6.1bn of Government money being spent on local road maintenance over the next five years.

But Coun Martin Tett, the Local Government Association’s transport spokesman, claimed budget restrictions mean councils are in a “frustrating cycle” where they can only “patch up” inadequate roads.

He said: “While £50 million is a step in the right direction, councils need more than 230 times that amount to cover the £11.8bn cost to bring our roads up to scratch. The money announced today will help those councils receiving it to tackle potholes, but it would not even completely cover the cost of the £69m faced by the average authority to bring its roads up to a reasonable condition.”

Motoring organisations want urgent action.