Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire, Ranil Jayawardena MP, has welcomed Hampshire’s £2,956,522 share of the £97.5 million pothole/flood resilience funding announced today to repair roads after this winter’s damage.
The nearly £100 million fund from the Department for Transport is on top of the £75 million in government funding already given to councils around the country from the Pothole Action Fund this year—£2,123,000 for Hampshire—and the £46 million boost for highways authorities announced just before Christmas.
The fund is also on top of Hampshire’s highways maintenance funding allocation, which was £23.8 million in 2017/18 and will be £21.6 million in 2018/19.
Ranil Jayawardena MP said:
“Just as the UK recovered from the Beast from the East, our roads were battered again by Storm Emma. With this unexpected icy spell, our roads suffered more damage than Hampshire County Council could have anticipated.”
“It is wholly welcome, therefore, that HM Government has recognised this problem and is providing Hampshire with an extra £3 million to fix this winter’s damage to our roads.”
“As I hold regular meetings and surgeries across my constituency, I rely heavily on our local roads, just as many of Hampshire’s families and businesses do. This government has provided the money, so now I would call on Hampshire County Council to get residents across north Hampshire driving again.”
You can find out more on HM Government's announcement here.