Road chief "ecstatic" at millions pledged to repair county's flood damaged roads

First published in News

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

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

The county council became aware of the funding today (March 20) and will be publishing how and where it will be spent on their website when these decisions are made.

Councillor John Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: "We are ecstatic that the county has received this additional funding to help us in our efforts to repair the damage to Worcestershire’s roads, following the abnormally prolonged wet weather recently.

"Our teams have been working tirelessly all year, with the pace accelerating a few weeks ago when the flood recovery work began. Inspections and repairs have increased and this will continue."

When the transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin made the announcement he 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.

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

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