BREAKING NEWS: Lincolnshire gets extra £5.5m for pothole repairs

In need of repair -  Witham Road in Woodhall Spa
In need of repair - Witham Road in Woodhall Spa

An extra £5.5m of Government funding for pothole repairs will be put to good use in Lincolnshire, the county council has promised.

Lincolnshire will receive £5,429,664 from a dedicated Pothole Repair Fund pot of £168 million, although local authorities may choose to spend money on other road maintenance.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways at the county council, said: “The maintenance and quality of Lincolnshire roads is of critical importance and among the most important things we do as a council.

“That’s why we’ve invested heavily ourselves but also lobbied Government for additional funding to help with the backlog we face and the particular challenges of our county’s size and rural nature.

“We’re delighted the Government has made this significant amount of additional funding available, especially given the difficult financial climate.

“The fact we’ve received more than expected shows that the Government recognises how well we will spend it.

“We’ll ensure that this money is put to good use and will do all we can to keep the county’s roads in the best possible condition with the cash that’s available.

“Getting the best out our roads will also help boost the Lincolnshire economy, meaning this money will benefit everyone, not just motorists.”

All repair works using the funds have to be completed by the end of March 2015.

The extra funding for local authorities was announced by the Department of Trasport yesterday (Thursday)