William Eichler 18 March 2016

Government pledges millions to tackle Yorkshire’s potholes

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The Government has committed an extra £25.6m to help North Yorkshire tackle the scourge of potholes as part of its drive to build the Northern Powerhouse.

This week’s Budget announcement included £1.6m for the area to repair over 30,000 potholes. This is in addition to a £24m roads funding boost, delivered under the Local Growth Fund.

This will take local roads investment in the region to more than £150m up to 2021.

North Yorkshire County Council will be able to use the extra cash to ensure rural roads benefit from resurfacing work over the next five years, something which will, the Government hopes, improve transport and boost the local economy.

Transport minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said: ‘We are determined to build a Northern Powerhouse and investing an extra £25.6m in North Yorkshire’s roads will help cut delays and boost the local economy.

‘This funding will allow the council to carry out extra maintenance work and help prevent potholes from forming, keeping roads fit for the future.’

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