Pothole funds welcomed by Tory leader

The Conservative group leader on Northumberland County Council has welcomed news that local road users will benefit from a dedicated £3.255 million pothole fund to keep the region moving.

Monday, 16th January 2017, 9:36 am
Updated Monday, 16th January 2017, 10:27 am
Conservative Councillor Peter Jackson

This cash is part of a £1.2 billion fund for local roads that the Government is allocating to councils to repair and rebuild transport links.

This funding to improve roads, cut congestion and improve journey times includes money from the new National Productivity Investment Fund, announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement and the Pothole Action Fund.

Conservative Councillor Peter Jackson

It also includes £75 million which councils can bid for to repair and maintain local infrastructure such as bridges, street lighting and rural roads.

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Motorists across Northumberland will benefit from the dedicated funding for the North East Combined Authority after the Government announced nearly £50 million of funding will be made available to local councils over the next 12 months.

Cllr Peter Jackson said: “The state of our roads is consistently raised with me by local residents and remains a great source of frustration for drivers. This funding is welcome news for families and businesses in Northumberland who rely on our roads to get around. It builds on the £1.111m Northumberland County Council got last year and is the latest step in our plan to build a country that works for everyone.”

Transport Minister Andrew Jones added: “Roads play a significant part in everyday life linking people with jobs and businesses with customers, which is why this government is investing record amounts improving and maintaining highways across the country to help motorists.

Conservative Councillor Peter Jackson

“The funding we have allocated is focused on relieving congestion and providing important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future - helping to build an economy that works for everyone.”