Lewes MP welcomes £500m Government pothole repair funding
Lewes MP Maria Caulfield has welcomed £500million of government funding to repair ten million potholes across England.
With the average pothole costing around £50 to fill in, the funding will ensure that the equivalent of ten million potholes can be rectified, she said, making thousands of local roads both safer and easier to drive and cycle on.
East Sussex County Council is set to receive £5.9million in funding specifically for potholes, Mrs Caulfield confirmed, as part of a total of £16million of government funding for the county’s roads.
“I welcome the Conservative government funding of £16 million to help maintain our local roads here in East Sussex,” said Mrs Caulfield.
Transport Minister Baroness Vere added: “We know potholes are more than just a nuisance – they can be dangerous to drivers and cyclists alike, and cause damage to thousands of vehicles every year. The funding allocated today will help councils ensure roads in their area are kept up to standard, and that the potholes that blight road users can be dealt with promptly.”
The DfT has already invested heavily in pothole filling since 2015, including the £296million Pothole Action Fund, which ran from 2015/16 to 2020/21.
It also topped up highway maintenance investment in 2018, with a one-off £420million boost to all highway authorities in England, including London.