Lewes MP Maria Caulfield has welcomed £500 million of government funding to repair 10 million potholes across England.
With the average pothole costing around £50 to fill in, the funding will ensure that the equivalent of 10 million potholes can be rectified, making thousands of local roads both safer and easier to drive and cycle on.
East Sussex County Council is set to receive £5.9 million in funding specifically for potholes, as part of a total of £16 million of government funding for the county’s roads.
Maria Caulfield MP said “I welcome the Conservative government funding of £16 million to help maintain our local roads here in East Sussex. The £5.9 million of funding specifically for pothole repair will help to ensure that all road users are safe on our local roads and that potholes can be dealt with properly.”
Transport Minister Baroness Vere said “We know potholes are more than just a nuisance – they can be dangerous to drivers and cyclists alike, and cause damage to thousands of vehicles every year. The funding allocated today will help councils ensure roads in their area are kept up to standard, and that the potholes that blight road users can be dealt with promptly.”
The DfT has already invested heavily in pothole filling since 2015, including the £296 million Pothole Action Fund, which ran from 2015/16 to 2020/21. It also topped up highway maintenance investment in 2018 with a one-off £420 million boost to all highway authorities in England, including London.