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£2m boost to tackle pothole problems

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

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POTHOLE-RIDDLED Tarmac in Burton could soon be a thing of the past as roads chiefs look set to be handed a £2 million boost.

Staffordshire County Council is hoping to secure the cash from a pot of £140 million, which will be used across the county for road repairs and fixing potholes before the summer.

Just last week the Mail issued a plea for something to be done about the state of the road network, following a deluge of complaints from motorists about dozens of potholes.

Simon Tagg (pictured), county council cabinet support member for transport and connected county, welcomed news of the funding, but stressed the area also needed continuous investment in its roads.

He said: “An effective and well-maintained road network in Staffordshire is at the centre of our commitment to bring jobs and prosperity to the county, and any extra boost to tackle problems like potholes is always welcome.

“In welcoming the additional funding we recognise the need for a more longer-term investment in our road network, which will be key to the country’s future economic growth.

“As a county council we have already invested an additional £50 million of local money in improving our road network. In a county as vast as Staffordshire maintaining and improving roads is an ongoing challenge, so extra funding from the Government is more than welcome.

“Our highways crews currently fix more than 300 potholes a week, and we will be looking now how much extra funding we get and then exploring the best ways to invest this to get the maximum return for the county’s roads and for Staffordshire residents.”

The extra money would be spent on carrying out immediate repairs such as fixing potholes, and increasing preventative maintenance of roads to ensure there is less need for large-scale repairs in the future.

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