Additional £420 million to be invested in potholes

The Chancellor will announce an extra £420 million for local councils to fix potholes, the BBC has reported.

Philip Hammond is expected to make the announcement in the budget today, alongside news that councils will also be given an extra £150 million to improve junctions on local roads.

The £420 million for potholes is on top of an existing fund of almost £300 million.

However in March, the Asphalt Industry Alliance said that more than £8 billion would be needed for a one-time fix of potholes in England.

Chairman Rick Green said: “With one in five roads now classed as structurally poor, the most efficient way to deal with the problem of our failing roads is to provide local authorities with the resources they need to maintain them properly.”

The announcement today will be made alongside a £28.8 billion fund for Highways England to spend on upgrading and maintaining motorways and other major roads.

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