£3.6 Million for Potholes

Devon is getting an extra £3.6 million pounds to fix the potholes in our roads.

The money's been confirmed by the Government as part of a previous £100 million pound pot agreed by the last Government - but it is on the condition councils can prove the damage was caused by the adverse winter weather.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “It is reassuring that we are still going to receive this funding as we have campaigned hard for additional help to tackle some of the problems on our roads. We’re glad the money is safe as it will help with our on-going repairs, but it won’t go that far in addressing the full extent of the damage caused by such harsh winter weather. This will fund smaller, cost effective schemes that will protect more of our network rather than the very worst sections of road that may require complete reconstruction.

“We have teams across the county that are finding, identifying and fixing potholes. They have repaired more than 70,000 potholes since the start of the year which shows how hard they’re working to get on top of this. The interim repairs that were made following freezing conditions earlier this year have proved to be robust and are still there. We’re now seeing new potholes appear on parts of the network that were damaged but not previously potholed. We’re responding to the concerns of the travelling public and making our roads as safe as possible.”

Repairs will now go on right through the summer - despite the extra holiday traffic.

You can report potholes to Devon County Council here.