Hertfordshire receives £3.7m government funding for road repairs

17:42 24 March 2014

Hertfordshire roads have been affected by the severe winter weather

Hertfordshire roads have been affected by the severe winter weather

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A county council has received a “welcome boost” from the Government to repair damaged roads.

Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) has received approximately £3.7 million of extra government funding to help pay for repairs to potholes and damaged roads caused by severe winter weather.

Using criteria set down by the Department for Transport on the type of damage which would be eligible for funding, HCC identified 42 miles of road and 16 bridges badly affected.

Last week HCC bidded for £7m of government funding, and will received just over half of the money.

The county council anticipates that it will be able to confirm the sites for this extra work within the next few weeks.

Terry Douris, cabinet member for highways at HCC, said: “I’m pleased that the Government has responded to our call for more money to repair these flood-hit roads, although it won’t on its own enable us to repair all the identified damage.

“Nevertheless, this funding is a welcome boost to our efforts to repair many miles of flood-damaged roads and bridges after another winter of extreme weather which has had a major impact on roads.

“We are also planning to make a similar bid for a share of the £200m challenge fund to tackle potholes announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in this year’s Budget.”

Across the east of England, councils received a total of £16m of government funding out of a national pot of £183.5m, following the wettest winter on record.

A spokesman for Ringway, maintenance contractor for HCC, said: “Repairing the damage, alongside our busy programme of work planned for the summer, will cause some disruption. We will try and keep this to a minimum and appreciate people’s patience.”

You can report any highways faults online at www.hertsdirect.org/highwayfaults

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