Extra £4m to end potholes misery

Potholes in St Annes

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MOTORISTS are hoping for an end to their pothole misery thanks to an extra £4m which is to be sunk into road repairs.

Lancashire County Council, which is responsible for roads in Fylde and Wyre, has been allocated £3.7m and Blackpool Council is to receive £297,000 after the Government set aside an additional £200m for road maintenance nationwide.

Lytham trader Mark Bamforth, who launched a petition in protest at the state of the town’s roads, welcomed the extra funding.

Mr Bamforth, of Warton Street, said: “There are more craters in Lytham than on the moon so I hope the council gets on and starts spending this money quickly.

“Warton Street is a disgrace and Mythop Road in Lytham also needs doing.

“People have said the potholes are damaging their cars and are dangerous.”

An annual condition survey of Lancashire’s 7,000km of roads has recently been completed which will be used to prioritise repairs and resurfacing in the areas worst hit by the winter weather.

John Thorp, highways assets manager at county hall, said: “Repairing our roads following three harsh winters in a row is one of our top priorities and the council has already committed around £25m.

“We’re well on with the job of repairing potholes caused by the harsh winter – last year we fixed more than 20,000 potholes.

“This extra money will allow us to catch up on the backlog of pothole repairs. We’ll be able to do more full resurfacing schemes so repairs will be better quality and last longer.”

Blackpool Council has already started its Project 30 which will see £30m invested in all the resort’s roads and pavements over the next four years.

The council is borrowing the £30m, and said the £297,000 grant would fund additional work. The exact details of where the money will be spent has yet to be decided.

Coun Maxine Callow, cabinet member for roads, said: “This will be a big boost and will fit in very well with our Project 30.

“I know Blackpool is nationally recognised for our highways asset management, and this is proof just how capable we are at delivering a project to make the road network of Blackpool better.”

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard: “We all know some roads are in poor condition.

“I know the councils have tried their best, but with the extra cold winter, the problem has been exacerbated.

“The additional £297,000 in Blackpool and the nearly £4m in Lancashire, which Cleveleys is part off, will make a huge difference.”

Project 30 will see 295 main roads, 82 miles of footpaths and 295 side streets across Blackpool repaired or renewed.

One of the first roads to be tackled as part of the comprehensive approach to maintenance was Mythop Road which has now reopened to traffic.

Motorists faced huge delays while the route was closed for the last fortnight.