Worcester’s MP Robin Walker has welcomed £6,652,000 of funding to improve the condition of roads in Worcestershire as part of as part of National Pothole Day, a national campaign to highlight the state of the UK’s roads.

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced at the last Budget that a £420 million fund will be created to tackle potholes and other road works. Worcestershire County Council will receive £6, 652,000 to repair potholes, keep local bridges and structures open and safe, and help with other highways works that may be needed.

The Budget also announced the biggest ever single cash injection to improve England’s roads, meaning that people can get to and from home and work quicker, boosting the local economy and improving air quality.

Commenting on the above Robin said:

“I am delighted that Worcestershire will be receiving this funding boost to improve roads and help hardworking people in the county. The state of our roads is consistently raised with me by local residents and remains a great source of frustration for drivers. I have repeatedly taken up concerns with the county council on behalf of my constituents.”

“The weather plays a significant part in the number of potholes appearing on the roads. With a cold winter followed by an exceptionally hot and dry summer, the number of potholes on Worcestershire roads has only increased throughout 2018. Therefore, this additional new funding represents a significant boost in road maintenance, and is on top of £950 million we are already providing to councils across the country this year for local highways maintenance.”

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Notes to editors:

The Conservative Government is:

Repairing Britain’s roads with £420 million to tackle potholes. The Conservatives are allocating £420 million in 2018-19 to tackle potholes, repair damaged roads and invest in keeping bridges open and safe. (HMT, Budget 2018, 29 October 2018, link)

Investing £29 billion to improve England’s road – the biggest ever single cash injection. The Conservatives will allocate £28.8 billion to the National Roads Fund from 2020-25, improving journeys for businesses and families (HMT, Budget 2018, 29 October 2018, link).

Labour didn’t invest in transport infrastructure. Labour left the British economy vulnerable by not investing enough in infrastructure – instead increasing spending on their short-term priorities. The Conservatives have invested an average of £47 billion a year on infrastructure investment – 15 per cent more a year than Labour did in the last parliament (HM Treasury, National Infrastructure Plan, December 2014, link).

Labour left us with substandard roads. Labour failed to make our roads competitive with France’s and Germany’s. French and German roads are in the world’s top ten, but the UK languishs at 24th. Since 1990, France has built 2,700 miles of new motorway. Between 2001 and 2009, Labour built just 46 (Stephen Hammond Speech, The Government’s plan for the UK’s road network, 11 July 2013, link).

National Pothole Day is the annual awareness day, every January 15, created to spread understanding of the ever growing problem plaguing our streets. Created by Mark Morrell, aka ‘Mr Pothole’, a passionate road campaigner, the aim is to highlight the state of the UK’s roads.