Conservative Councillors have welcomed £1m to improve the condition of roads across Stoke-on-Trent.
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced at the Budget that a £420 million fund will be created to tackle potholes and other roadworks. Stoke-on-Trent City Council will receive £1m to repair potholes, keep local bridges and structures open and safe, and help with other highways works that may be needed.
The Budget also announced the biggest ever single cash injection to improve England’s roads, meaning that people can get to and from home and work quicker, boosting the local economy and improving air quality.
Conservative Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for transport, heritage and regeneration, said: “The City Council has already invested £6.5 million of our own money in road repairs across the city, which has so far seen more than 9,000 road and pavement defects – such as potholes – being fixed since April. Resurfacing work has also been carried out on more than 70 roads, including some of the busiest roads and junctions in the city.
“Our approach to road repairs has been to get on the front foot and tackle the problem head on, because we know it is something our residents feel strongly about. While we have already made considerable progress with our own investment, we certainly welcome the additional funding the Conservative Government can give us. We’re expecting to receive the money in the New Year and we will use it towards our continuing programme of road and pavement repairs.”