The Government has granted Norfolk County Council nearly £2.5m to fill in the county’s potholes over the next year, as part of a £9.72m award for councils in the East of England.
This funding is part of a £1.2 billion fund for local road that the Conservative Government is allocating to councils to repair and rebuild transport links. The funding 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.
Motorists and other road users 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 £9,720,000 across the East of England. Andrew Wiltshire, Conservative Candidate for Costessey and Parliamentary Spokesperson for Norwich South welcomed the news saying:
“The state of our roads is consistently raised with me by local residents and remains a great source of frustration for road users across Norwich and Norfolk.
“This funding is welcome news for people and businesses right across Norfolk. It builds on the funding Norfolk received last year and is the latest step in our plan to build a country that works for everyone.
“The Government’s announcement shows it is delivering on our commitment to invest in infrastructure to attract investment and secure a better future for local businesses”.