An additional £5.2 million is to be invested in tackling potholes on North Yorkshire’s roads following a bidding process for extra Government cash undertaken by councils across the country.
The MP for Skipton and Ripon regularly receives correspondence from residents and businesses about the state of roads across the constituency and lobbied the Secretary of State for Transport in support of the council’s bid to receive extra funding. North Yorkshire County Council will receive the biggest share of the £15.8 million given to Yorkshire, out of £168 million, which was on offer nationally.
All repair works funded by this money have to be completed by the end of March 2015 and quarterly updates have to be published with updates on the works that have taken place.
The funding is on top of the additional £3.2 million given to North Yorkshire in March to help repair local roads damaged by severe weather.
“I know from driving around my constituency that there are many roads which continue to be in urgent need of repair. This money will support the efforts to tackle the problem of potholes which can cause major challenges for anyone who travels across North Yorkshire.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin added:
“Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced today is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace. But it is only one part of a massive programme of investment to get our country up to speed as part of this Government’s long term economic plan. By building, repairing and renewing our key infrastructure we will ensure the future growth and prosperity of this country.”