£2.3 million cash injection for Warwickshire County Council to repair potholes

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WARWICKSHIRE County Council (WCC) will receive an extra £2.3 million Government funding to help repair potholes in the county’s roads.

It was announced during last week’s Budget that £100m additional funding for potholes will be given to local authorities a total package of £200m.

Cllr Alan Cockburn, portfolio holder for environment and economy at WCC, said: “The additional funding announced in the budget to repair potholes is very welcome indeed. The Government has clearly recognised the pressures on local authorities following one of the coldest winters in memory.

“The money will help us to continue the repair job to the damage caused to Warwickshire’s roads by the freezing temperatures.

“Our highways teams have been working exceptionally hard to fix potholes in recent weeks and the extra funding will enable us to sustain this work and carry out more substantial repairs to certain stretches of road.”

Last December was the coldest since 1910, with average temperatures five degrees centigrade below normal.

Following the cold snap, highways teams have been out filling up to 200 potholes a day and the warmer spring weather has helped to speed up the operation.

Each year the county council’s highways teams carry out around 40,000sqm of patching to potholes and localised road deterioration.

In addition, they treat around 200km of highway with surface dressing and strengthen between 20km and 50km with overlays and reconstruction.

To report a pothole call County Highways (01926) 412 515 or visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/highways.