More transport money for potholes

Following last week’s letter from council leaders to the Department for Transport, York has secured a share of the government’s £100m fund to repair potholes and storm damage following recent severe winter weather.

York will get over £256,000 to repair the roads following this winter’s adverse weather and will also receive £72,000 to build on the council’s high-tech pothole spotter trial, which uses monitoring equipment mounted on refuse collection vehicles to allow for increased accuracy and frequency in surveying the council’s road network.

Leader of the Council Ian Gillies, said: “We contacted Department for Transport last week requesting additional funds to improve our roads and are delighted they responded so quickly to our request.  Since the beginning of March, we’ve temporarily repaired over 1,000 potholes and doubled our resource on the ground. However, we recognise we’ve still a long way to go and want to thank residents for their patience and understanding.”

Councillor Peter Dew, Executive member for transport and planning said: “We’re pinpointing the state of our roads more accurately and the data we’ve collated to date contributed to the case for more funding.  A big thank you to our highways team who have made temporary repairs in all weathers and conditions to help us keep moving.”