£2.7m for road repairs

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The government has given Northumberland County Council over £2.7m to repair roads damaged by severe weather. It is part of a £6.3m funding package for north east councils.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and residents across the north east who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”

He added: “Damage to roads causes misery for drivers and local communities and the severe weather over the last few months has made the problem worse.

The funding is an exceptional payment from £183.5 million of extra funding the government has made available to help with much needed road repairs following the wettest winter on record. This is enough to repair an extra 3.3 million potholes.

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. As the flood waters have receded and councils have been able to assess the impact, it is clear that these have been particularly severe in certain areas.

This additional money has been allocated on a formula basis, and is being distributed now to ensure that they can make use of it as soon as possible and complete works before the summer holidays.

The government fund includes £80 million made available especially for flood-hit areas to help repair the roads that received the worst damage during the severe weather.

It also includes another £103.5 million made available to all councils in England. This in addition to almost £900 million already made available for road maintenance this year, bringing total government investment allocated to road maintenance to more than £1 billion in 2013 to 2014.

To promote greater transparency and accountability, all local highway authorities will be required to publish information on their website by end August 2014 showing where the money has been spent.

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