Govt Announces £15m Fund To Fix Potholes

Mon 16th Aug 2021

British drivers may be in for a smoother journey after the Transport Secretary announced a multi-million pound fund to improve the everyday driving experience.

The cash injection will be shared between 39 local authorities with the aim of fixing the eternal problem of potholes, bringing in small to medium businesses to help come up with solutions to the issue. The initiative, which has been called the Digital Intelligence Brokerage, will see the very latest technologies and techniques used to beat the pothole problem, and could include drones to survey the road networks a lot quicker. The money will also be spent on improving traffic signals, with the aim of reducing queues which in turn lead to higher emissions due to idling engines. Traffic light will also be improved to ensure better safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

Speaking about the initiative, Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said: “Whether you’re a motorist, cyclist or pedestrian, every road user across our country deserves the best possible journey. That’s why, despite already having some of the best and safest roads in the world, this Government is providing millions of pounds to improve them further still.

“This vital funding and work will cut journey times for millions of people, reduce emissions and keep the UK at the forefront of technological developments in roads maintenance, as we continue to invest in local economies and build back both better and greener from the pandemic.”

The money will be spread out across the 39 councils, with 21 receiving £500,000 each, with the remaining 18 authorities being allocated £250,000 each. The monies are in addition to a £1.125 billion fund which the government has made available for road repairs.