Coucnillors and county council staff in front of a pothole repairing machine

Council welcomes extra road repair funding

Extra funding to help repair the county’s roads has been welcomed by the County Council. 
The cash boost was announced during this week’s Government budget. Nationally there will be an extra £200m for pothole repairs, £3,872,000 of which will be coming to Northumberland. 
The new money will add to the £23.4 million already set aside for highway improvements in the county over the coming year and will mean a further programme of patching and resurfacing can be carried out to our roads in addition to that already agreed.  
The County Council’s Highways Team works year-round to tackle road defects and last autumn invested in state-of-the-art technology to help keep the county’s roads running smoothly. 
This includes the recent purchase of the JCB Pothole Pro - which helps maintain some of the county’s 3,000+ miles of road. 
Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet Member for Local services, said: “Delivering improved maintenance and investment in our roads, walkways and cycleways is one of the council’s top priorities so extra funding to help us keep on top of road repairs is always welcome. 
“We’ve a dedicated team and a range of equipment to keep our roads in the best condition possible. 
“We carry out regular inspections across all our roads to identify potholes and repairs that are required to keep them safe, and we encourage people to report road defects via our website, giving details of their exact location, so that we can address the issue in a timely manner.” 
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