£263 million ‘pothole grant’ for East Anglia
Suffolk and Norfolk will get more than £263.3 million of the £6 billion Government promised today for road repairs over the next six years.
The funding starts in the next financial year with £21.8 million for Suffolk and £28.6 million for Norfolk.
The amount is reduced over following years, as the backlog of repairs is cleared, so the amount from 2018/19 onwards is expected to be about£17.5 million for Suffolk annually and £23 million a year for Norfok.
There will also be a £575 million ‘challenge fund’ councils can apply for a share of to tackle larger infrastructure jobs.
Councillor Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads, transport and planning, said: “I very much welcome the increase in capital maintenance funding we are receiving in the next financial year.
“We will also be making the most of any opportunities we receive to bid for extra funding for infrastructure projects and to aid our highways maintenance efficiency programme; which we are already forging ahead with.”
Announcing the money, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Roads play a significant part in everyday life. Poorly maintained local roads, blighted by potholes, are a menace to all road users, particularly during the festive period as people travel to see family and friends. It is vital we have good quality roads.”