Cash to tackle potholes in Lancashire

The surface of Thonock Road, Westgate, is riddled with potholes.
The surface of Thonock Road, Westgate, is riddled with potholes.
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Lancashire will receive £1,241,000 to tackle potholes as part of a £6.4 million fund given to twenty two councils in the north west by the government.

The money is enough to fill in 23,415 potholes in the county.

The funding has been made available as part of the £250 million Pothole Action Fund included in last month’s Budget, which will fix over four million potholes by 2020/21.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:“I know how important well-maintained roads are to people across the North West. Almost every journey starts and ends on a local road, so the government is giving councils in the North West £6.4 million 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 £625 million to local authorities in North West that will support the Northern Powerhouse and improve journeys for all.”

In total, the government is spending a record £6.1 billion nationwide on local highways maintenance between 2015/16 and 2020/21, giving councils long-term certainty for the first time to plan future work with the aim of preventing potholes and improving local roads, bridges and street lighting.

As part of this investment, the Pothole Action Fund will give local authorities in England £50 million a year, over the next 5 years, to help them tackle more than 4 million potholes.

Funding is calculated according to the size of the local road network in the area.