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Councils given £7m booster to repair potholes

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 20, 2014

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DRIVERS will today breathe a sigh of relief after the government pumped millions into tackling pothole riddled roads.

Councils in Derbyshire and Staffordshire will receive more than £7 million in extra funding as part of a massive investment to try and improve roads across bothy area.

As a condition of receiving the money, both councils will be required to publish monthly progress updates on how many potholes have been repaired.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.

“But it is only one part of a massive programme of investment to get our country up to speed as part of this Government’s long term economic plan.”

Derbyshire County Council will be handed £2,480,658 and Staffordshire County Council will get £4,578,155.

This comes after council bosses in Staffordshire revealed that they had spent an extra £2 million on trying to boost the condition of roads in the area.

The cash will be used to help buy four pothole ‘zapping’ machines

Crews for Staffordshire County Council already tackle more than 400 potholes every week and the Roadmasters will help to fix additional potholes and resurface ‘hotspots’ on stretches of road in one go.

Mark Deaville, cabinet support member for transport and connected county, said the funding is helping the highways crews tackle extra repairs and surfacing projects.

He said: “We know an effective and well maintained road network in Staffordshire is important to both residents and to bringing jobs and prosperity to the county.

“This extra investment is of course welcome and is currently helping us draft in more machines to roll out further improvements.”

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