Another success for local MP Oliver Colvile as he has welcomed news that local road-users will benefit from a dedicated £164,000 pothole fund, which will keep Plymouth moving and build a country that works for everyone. It’s another election pledge delivered on by the local MP.
This cash is part of a £1.2 billion fund for local road that the Conservative Government is allocating to councils to repair and rebuild our transport links.
This funding, which will improve roads, cut congestion and improve journey times 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 of funding will be made available to local councils over the next 12 months. This is part of a wider package totalling £12,473,000 across the South West.
The government has today also published further information about what the funding will be spent on - the latest step in our economic plan to stimulate the economy and build a country that works for everyone.
‘The state of our roads is consistently raised with me by local residents and remains a great source of frustration for drivers. For over 6 years I have been raising this issue with the Government. At the last General Election, I pledged to continue to fight for more pothole funding and I am glad that Ministers have listened to my concerns.
‘This funding is welcome news for families and businesses in Plymouth who rely on our roads to get around.
‘Today’s announcement shows that we are delivering on our commitment to invest in infrastructure to attract businesses and secure a better future for local businesses.’