Back in February I blogged the welcome news that Reading Borough Council was set to benefit from £400,000 additional funding from the Coalition Government to mend potholes. Today as part of the Budget settlement the Department of Transport announced that the amount of funding going to councils to repair roads was being doubled from £100 million to £200 million pounds. This cash injection comes as a response to the severe weather experienced across England in recent months which caused massive damage to the road network.
In Reading the Council will be receiving an additional £295,344 specifically to help the Council fix potholes and road damage . The investment means the Council will not have to increase Council Tax or reduce spend elsewhere to fund these much needed road repairs. This is good news.
As part of this additional funding, the Department of Transport is requiring local highway authorities to publish a brief note on their website by 30 September 2011 so local communities can see how this extra funding has been spent. It is good to see the Government continuing to invest in vital local infrastructure which will benefit all road users.