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£10,758,000 to help repair pothole covered Cornish roads
6:00am Saturday 22nd March 2014 in Cornwall
Drivers bumping along pothole strewn roads in the Cornwall could be in for a smoother ride as the government hands out over £10 million to the county to make repairs.
Councils across England will receive a share of £183.5 million from the government to help repair local roads damaged by severe weather.
Cornwall is set to receive £10,758,008, according to Falmouth and Truro MP Sarah Newton, who has welcomed the move.
This is an emergency payment from the government to help with road repairs following the wettest winter on record.
On top of the money being shared out to councils, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the March 19 budget that another £200 million will be provided for pothole repairs in 2014-15.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "Damage to roads causes misery for drivers and local communities and the severe weather over the last few months has made the problem worse. This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and residents across England who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys."
The extra money is being distributed now to ensure that repairs can be started as soon as possible, so that the majority of the damage to be fixed ahead of the summer holidays.
116 local highway authorities in England will receive a share of the funding, along with a one-off payment to Transport for London to distribute to London Boroughs.
All local highway authorities will be required to publish information on their websites showing how and where the money will be spent.
Further guidance will be made available in the coming weeks on how councils can bid for the new £200 million funding for 2014-15 announced in the Budget.
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