POTHOLES in Devon may become a thing of the past.
Following the Government’s announcement of £8.3 billion of investment into road maintenance over the next 11 years, Devon Councy Council welcomed an extra £6.663 million this financial year.
The funds were redirected from the scrapped HS2 rail line extension to Manchester. It will be followed by the same amount next year, and then there will be a minimum of £208.6 million between now and 2033/34.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Cabinet Member for Highway Management, has pledged that the funding will help address some of the repair backlog on Devon’s 8,000 miles of roads, the biggest highway network of any authority in the country.
Devon County Council say that they will be using some of the money to carry out patching work and other repairs before potholes deteriorate further this winter due to wet and freezing conditions of the season.
The majority of the funding for this year will enable the council to bring forward resurfacing schemes.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: ‘This announcement is really good news and this additional funding will help us tackle some of the backlog of repairs on our network.
‘Every penny of this funding will be targeted towards reducing potholes or preventing potholes from forming, and we’re working closely with our supply chain to ensure there is capacity to respond quickly.
‘For years we have been calling for Government to provide us with longer term funding for our roads to enable us to plan maintenance on our network more effectively.
'The indication of the amount allocated over the next ten years is really helpful in enabling us to do that and to develop the most effective use of funding with our partners to improve the condition of our roads.’