Cash boost to repair potholes in borough roads

Potholes in the roads and broken pavements in North Tyneside.

Potholes in the roads and broken pavements in North Tyneside.

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More funding has been allocated to reduce the number of potholes in North Tyneside.

The Department for Transport is handing out £3m to 12 north east councils to remove the number of potholes on roads.

And North Tyneside Council is to receive £138,000 – which will repair an estimated 2,604 potholes in 2016/17.

A spokesperson for North Tyneside Council said: “Maintaining our roads for the benefit of motorists, public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians is one of our top priorities.

“This year, we will be allocating £2.5m to resurface roads across the borough, and an extra £200,000 is set aside for day to day pothole repairs that the public report to us.

“We very much welcome this extra funding of £138,000. It will be used to permanently fix potholes or stop them forming in the first place.”

The funding has been made available as part of the £250m Pothole Action Fund.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “I know how important well-maintained roads are to people across the north east. The government is giving councils in the north east over £3m specifically to tackle the blight of potholes in their area.”

“This is just one part of our unprecedented investment in local road maintenance over the next five years.

“We are giving a record £267m to local authorities in north east that will support the Northern Powerhouse and improve journeys for all.”