Ranil Jayawardena, M.P. has welcomed news that local road-users will benefit from a dedicated £2,123,000 pothole fund. This is part of a £1.2 billion fund for local roads that the Conservative Government is allocating to councils to repair and rebuild our transport links.
This funding will improve roads, cut congestion and improve journey times. It includes money from the new National Productivity Investment Fund, announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement, and the Pothole Action Fund. It also includes £75 million which councils can bid for to repair and maintain local infrastructure such as bridges, street lighting and rural roads.
Local motorists will benefit from the dedicated funding after the Government announced that nearly £50 million will be made available to local councils over the next 12 months. This is part of a wider package totalling £11,689,000 across the South East.
The government has today also published further information about what the funding will be spent on. This is the latest step in our economic plan to stimulate the economy and build a country that works for everyone.
Ranil Jayawardena, M.P. commented:
‘The state of our roads is consistently raised with me by local residents and remains a great source of frustration for drivers.
This funding is fantastic news for families and businesses who rely on our roads to get around. It builds on the £1,488,000 we received last year and will make a significant improvement to travel in the area.
Today’s announcement shows commitment to the development of North East Hampshire, but we must work hard to ensure that investment in our local infrastructure remains a priority.’