150,000 Potholes In North East To Be Fixed

150,000 Potholes In North East To Be Fixed

Councils across our region are being given £7.9 million to repair the regions roads.

The North East is being given £7,986,916 to spend on fixing potholes.

The government are giving out almost £170 million to mend more than three million potholes by next march.

Here’s what our councils have been given:

Northumberland - £2.9 million

Durham - £2.1 million

Sunderland - £440,371

South Tyneside - £223,978

North Tyneside - £324,295

Newcastle - £358,055

Gateshead £340,300

Extra money's being given to those councils which demonstrated "best practice in highways maintenance", including bringing in specialist machinery or setting up dedicated repair teams.

The money must be used to repair potholes or ensure that they do not appear in the first place.

Councils will also have to publish updates on works every three months so residents can see how repairs are progressing.

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.

"But it is only one part of a massive programme of investment to get our country up to speed as part of this government's long term economic plan. By building, repairing and renewing our key infrastructure we will ensure the future growth and prosperity of this country."

It’s on top of the the extra £185 million the government made available that month to help repair local roads damaged by severe weather.

Some £24 billion will be spent on England's motorways and A-roads between 2010 and 2021, the biggest investment in the road network since the 1970s.

The Government said a further £7.4 billion would be committed to local roads in the next Parliament, along with funding from the £12 billion Local Growth Fund.