Devon calls for road repair funding to continue

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Posted on: 25 January 2012

The Government is being urged by Devon County Council to maintain its winter road repair funding for local authorities.

Last year, Devon County Council received £9.3 million in Winter Damage Grant from the Department for Transport to repair roads damaged by severe winter weather. That funding is currently helping to fund around 800 road repair schemes across the county, covering 80 miles of roads in 60 of the county’s electoral divisions.

Devon was praised for its efficient use of the funding by the Department for Transport last November and Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening, to request that support be maintained in the coming financial year.

Following the previous £3.6million Winter Damage Grant received by Devon in 2010 and Devon County Council’s £7.6million investment in road repairs this year, in-roads have been made in tackling potholes on Devon’s 8,000 mile highway network.

During 2011, 130,000 potholes were repaired by Devon County Council – compared with the record figure of 200,000 in the previous year. In addition, Devon has also surfaced a total of 540 miles of the county’s roads last year.

Councillor Hughes said: “Although the winter has so far been mild in comparison with the severe weather of the previous three years, heavy rainfall and flooding will have taken their toll on our local roads. Road surface temperatures have still on occasion fallen below freezing, although obviously not as low as last year. But it remains vital that the Government maintains its funding to help tackle winter damage.

“The grant last year has proven to be extremely valuable and it has enabled us to have a major impact on our local roads. It has helped us have a thorough look across Devon and we have targeted where it’s been needed most. With additional funding we will be able to repair more rural roads as well.”

All of the current Winter Damage Grant schemes are scheduled for completion before the end of March.

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