DRIVERS in Burton and South Derbyshire can today breathe a huge sight of relief after millions of pounds were earmarked to repair pothole-riddled roads in the area.
Staffordshire County Council was handed £2,131,285 and Derbyshire County Council £2,946,577 from a government pot of £183.5 million allocated to help improve the condition roads after they were battered during recent bad weather.
Motorists have been further boosted by plans announced during the Budget to hand out an extra £200 million during 2014-15 to combat the problem.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Damage to roads causes misery for drivers and local communities and the severe weather over the last few months has made the problem worse.
“This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and residents across England who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”
The news comes only weeks after the Mail called on road chiefs to deal with pothole-riddled roads when readers complained about dozens of roads in the area which needed to be improved.
The cash is an emergency payment from the government to help with road repairs following the wettest winter on record, and will pay for the repair of 3.3 million potholes across the entire country.
Councils have a responsibility to maintain their roads properly, but the exceptional weather has caused significant additional damage, increasing the amount of damage to the local road network. .
The additional money has been allocated on a formula basis, and is being distributed now to ensure that authorities can make use of it as soon as possible and complete works before the school summer holidays.