Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Government grant awarded to fix potholes

OXFORDSHIRE County Council has been given £3.1 million to fix potholes.

The highways authority successfully applied for the grant from the Government’s new £168 million pothole fund.

It was not allowed to request a specific amount but had to explain what it was already doing to tackle the problem. The council is now deciding how to spend the money in line with rules set by the Department for Transport.

A spokesman said: “The size of the allocation we received would seem to reflect the Government’s confidence in the county council to invest it wisely.”

Cllr David Nimmo Smith, cabinet member for transport, said: “People expect our roads to be at motorway standard but achieving that would cost all £168 million in Oxfordshire alone.

“We have a budget of about £10 to £12 million a year for repairing road defects and address them in order of priority. It’s generally accepted that some roads in the south of the county are in a worse state but it’s not an exact science.

“We have to prioritise bus routes and roads with heavy traffic flows, sometimes at the expense of small rural roads.

“This extra money will allow us to go further down the list but it won’t get us to the bottom of it.”

Henley MP John Howell said the extra money was “great news”.

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