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Almost £1 million pledged to tackle Bradford's potholes
6:02am Friday 20th June 2014 in News
THOUSANDS of potholes in Bradford’s roads will be filled by next year as part of a “massive investment”, the government has pledged.
The city council has been handed almost £1m from a new “pothole repair fund” – enough to shore up 17,000 craters, the Department for Transport (DfT) claimed.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced today is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.
“By building, repairing and renewing our key infrastructure we will ensure the future growth and prosperity of this county.”
In total, councils across England are awarded £168m, including £819,691 for Calderdale, £769,661 for Kirklees and £1.57 million for Leeds.
The DfT said it believed the allocations were enough to fill in 15,000 potholes in Calderdale, 14,000 in Kirklees and a further 29,000 in Leeds.
However, Bradford Council - which put in a bid for the money - declined to say whether it believed its £949,043 allocation would plug 17,000 holes.
Councillor Val Slater, the executive member for transport, said: “We are pleased that we have got this money. It will go with the amount we already put into repairing pot holes in the district.
“It will allow us to make a good start in tackling some of the problems but is not enough to repair all the pot holes.”
The repair fund was set up after town halls warned the country was on the brink of a pothole crisis because of harsh government cuts and severe winters.
One estimate put the bill for bringing Britain's roads back up to scratch at a whopping £10.5 billion, with the risk of road closures rising.
A recent study found that the number of motorists claiming for pothole damage soared by 79 per cent last year.
And councils have paid £2.5m in compensation to drivers, settling 32,600 claims over the past financial year.
The DfT said the latest allocations were a slice of more than £24bn earmarked for the road network between 2010 and 2021 - the biggest investment since the 1970s.
Councils have been urged to bring in specialist machinery or set up dedicated crews to fix potholes quickly, or prevent them from appearing in the first place.
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