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Lincolnshire council gets £3.3m to repair potholes

Lincolnshire received the biggest slice of £11.7 million of government funding to help repair damaged roads in the East Midlands.

Lincolnshire County Council will get £3,311,952 to help repair roads damaged by severe weather, the Transport Secretary confirmed on March 20.

The funding is meant to ensure that councils across the region have enough to repair an extra 3.3 million potholes.

Improvements will also include road resurfacing and maintenance to bridges.

The amount is a payment from £183.5 million of extra government funding to councils in England after the wettest winter on record.

Allocated on a formula basis, the money has been distributed to councils so they can complete works before the school summer holidays.

All local highway authorities will be required to publish information on their website by end August 2014 showing where the money has been spent.

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “We’re delighted the government has made this significant amount of additional funding available, especially given the difficult financial climate.

“Lincolnshire faces particular challenges for highways maintenance because of its size and rurality, so any additional funding is always welcome.

“We’ll ensure that this money is put to good use, and will do all we can to keep the county’s roads in the best possible condition with the cash that’s available.

“Getting the best out our roads will also help boost the county economy, meaning this money will benefit everyone, not just motorists.”

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 the East Midlands who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”