Millions of pounds to be spent on flood damaged roads

Millions of pounds to be spent on flood damaged roads

Millions of pounds to be spent on flood damaged roads

First published in News

WORCESTERSHIRE is to get more than £2million of funding to repair flood damaged roads.

More than £180 million has been divided up between councils across the country with Worcestershire set to received a total of £2,180,831.

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told MPs he expected local authorities to spend the money quickly in the wake of one of the wettest winters on record.

He announced earlier in March the Government was increasing the amount of money available given the severe weather in the first part of the year.

Chancellor George Osborne pledged a further £200 million for pothole repairs in yesterday's Budget.

Speaking at transport questions in the Commons, Mr McLoughlin said:

"Following the wettest winter on record, I recently announced an extra £140 million for repairs to local roads... today I am announcing the individual allocations of that funding among local authorities.

"Some £47 million will be allocated to councils in the south west which were particularly badly affected.

"I expect councils to spend this money wisely and quickly and, of course, councils that do that will be particularly well placed to bid for additional funds for road repairs in the next financial year from the £200 million pot announced by the Chancellor in yesterday's excellent Budget."

The goal is to ensure most of the repairs are complete before the summer holidays, the Department for Transport said.

All local highway authorities will be required to publish information on their website showing how and where the money will be spent.

Details of how to bid for a share of the new money announced by the Chancellor will follow later.

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