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Half a million more for potholes


The Department for Transport (DfT) has committed extra funding to Gloucestershire.

Following the announcement on Monday 26th March, Gloucestershire County Council will receive an additional £512,339 as part of pothole and flood resilience funding.

This is in addition to a £1,485,781 commitment paid in March 2018 and allocated as part of the council’s February budget meeting.

The money is designed to support the council’s plans to repair potholes and works have already been scheduled in to continue improving the county’s roads.

Gloucestershire County Council is driving forward with ‘Operation Road Rescue’ to keep the county moving following the adverse winter weather.

‘Operation Road Rescue’ will concentrate on fixing the worst potholes first, then patching larger clusters of defects and resurfacing routes that have suffered major damage.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “This is peak pothole season and our roads have taken a real battering after the recent severe weather we’ve seen this winter.

“Any extra funding to help tackle potholes is much appreciated, and I’m grateful to the DfT. We spend £3m to £4m each year on repairing safety defects and around £3m each year towards patching works to reduce potholes forming, so this funding will go a long way.

“At the same time we’re investing £150 million into our roads, effectively doubling the resurfacing programme over the next four years – our biggest ever investment in Gloucestershire’s roads.”

You can follow @GlosRoads on Twitter for daily updates on the work our crews are doing as part of #OperationRoadRescue.