Bid for a share of potholes cash

Councils are being invited to bid for a share of a £168 million Pothole Fund to repair local roads, making them safer and smoother for motorists, cyclists and other road users.

Successful local authorities will sign a Pothole Pledge as a condition of the funding, setting out the number of potholes they will have repaired by March 2015.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Part of this government’s long-term plan is investing in our roads. Potholes are a menace for all road users which is why this extra funding is being provided in addition to the 
£10 billion already committed for road maintenance.

“I want councils to rise to the challenge and to see them rewarded when they come up with new and better ways of making repairs quickly and effectively. With this new pothole fund councils will need to clearly set out the scale of the work they are doing, and local communities can have certainty that the money is being spent fixing potholes on their local roads.”

The £168 million fund, announced in the Chancellor’s March Budget statement, is enough to fix more than three million potholes.

Councils have until 4pm on Thursday, May 22 to submit a bid to the Department for Transport. A track record of best practice or proposals for innovative solutions will be recognised as part of the bidding process, potentially resulting in increased funding for those councils.