By Christian Barnett – Local Democracy Reporter
The county council has been awarded £6 million by the government to fix potholes this winter.
The money, which is part of a national £420 million fund confirmed by the Chancellor Phillip Hammond in his budget last month, will be allocated to Worcestershire County Council to fix damaged roads and help with other urgent repairs.
Councillor Alan Amos, cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said: “I’m pleased to hear that Worcestershire will be receiving £6.6million as part of the Government’s £420m pot of funding that was announced in the recent budget.
“The county council will spend the additional money in a focussed and efficient way, fixing potholes and addressing other key issues on our local roads to keep people moving.
“Road maintenance is one of the county council’s top priorities and one we have continued to invest in over recent years.”
The extra funds were also welcomed by West Worcestershire MP Harriet Baldwin and said it would mean the council could fix potholes quickly and efficiently in the coming months.
She said: “Cold and wet weather inevitably brings road damage and it is really good to see that the Government is planning ahead to help keep our roads in a good condition.
“In my experience, Worcestershire’s roads are pretty good and the processes to report a pothole work well.
“This cash confirmation will mean that the county highways team is able to act and repair potholes and other weather-related damage quickly and efficiently.”
The Department for Transport revealed on Monday how the £420 million would be spent across the region.
Roads minister Jesse Norman said: “Potholes are a huge problem for all road users, and too often we see issues occurring at the same place time after time.
“That is why the Government is investing more in improving our roads than at any time before – £15 billion between 2015 and 2020 and a further £28.8 billion to 2025. Plus an immediate extra £420 million for potholes and local road maintenance just this year.
“The West Midlands will be getting an extra £43 million this winter to keep its roads in good condition to keep drivers and cyclists safe.”