Northumberland County Council have outlined an extensive repair programme worth £14.6m to repair the vast amount of damage inflicted on the county’s highway network by record-breaking wet weather in winter 2015/16.

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The programme is funded by the Government’s Department of Transport (DfT), who allocated £14.6m towards repair costs in the region after the County Council submitted a bid for £24.3m.
 
This funding was in addition to the £1.1m assigned to the Council towards pothole repair costs over the 2016/17 financial year.
 
Northumberland suffered significant damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure following the violent weather which hit the region in December 2015 and January 2016– leaving a repair bill in excess of £24m.
  
Sub-zero temperatures that followed February exacerbated the situation on roads right across the County, resulting in potholes when the saturated road surfaces began to freeze, weaken and break up.