LOCAL councils are to get a near-£6 billion fund to fight potholes over the next six years. Awarded by the Government, the fund will help English local authorities tackle potholes and improve local roads between 2015 and 2021.
A succession of severe winters and the devastating floods earlier this year have left councils playing catch-up with road maintenance. Announcing the funding, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the money would be enough to fix around 18 million potholes.
Of the total package, just over £4.7 billion will be shared between 115 English councils, while councils will be able to bid for a further £575 million in total available for the repair and maintenance of local highway infrastructure such as junctions, bridges and street lighting.
Mr McLoughlin also announced tha...