NEWS that Staffordshire is set to receive an extra £2.2m to help repair roads damaged by the prolonged wintry weather, has been welcomed by the county council today.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced the additional funding to help tackle potholes and help protect the roads against future severe weather conditions.
In Staffordshire, the county council has already pledged to spend an extra £5m on potholes and preventative treatments this year – on top of the £5m extra it spent last year.
Helen Fisher, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Good roads are important not only for getting us from A-to-B but for continuing to grow a strong economy.
“In Staffordshire, we will have invested an extra £10m over two years both in tackling potholes and in preventative treatment to help stop them occurring in the first place. Last year this allowed us to fix around, 35,000 potholes compared to 20,000 in a typical year.
“However, with a county the size of Staffordshire this is always going to be a challenge and the prolonged ice and even snow in March has created even more potholes, so I am pleased that the Government has recognised the impact of the recent severe weather by announcing this extra funding today.”
With more bad weather potentially in the pipeline over the Easter weekend, the county council will be launching its pothole campaign in early April.
Helen added: “Although today’s announcement is good news, we haven’t had official confirmation of when we will receive the money or how we can spend it, so we will need to look at the detail before deciding on the best way to use the extra investment, on top of the £5m we are spending to get the best results for our communities.”
As part of the announcement today Staffordshire will receive just over £2.2m. Confirmation of the annual Government funding for roads has still to be announced.