Wakefield Council welcomes funding to fix local roads

​Ref: PR 4601
Date: 20/06/2014

Wakefield Council is to get £619,000 additional money from the Government to help repair and maintain the district's roads.

The Council was successful in its bid from the Department of Transport for a share of the £168m pot to improve the country's roads from a dedicated Pothole Repair Fund.

This brings the Council's total funding for structural maintenance for 2014/15 to £5.5m.

Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: "I am pleased that Wakefield has received its share from the government pot.

"We understand that potholes are a menace to motorists and the extra £619,000 will provide an important contribution towards bringing our roads up to scratch. It will be used to help repair potholes, improving the condition of our roads."

Wakefield is now looking at how to spend the additional funding to help improve the district's 900 mile road network, with work starting this summer.

Cllr Dagger added, "Like every Council in the country we face a major challenge in repairing and maintaining our roads. This money will help ease the backlog of road repairs in the short-term but is still nowhere near the £68m needed to bring our roads up to perfect conditions.

"We will continue to do the best we can with the money we have but urge the government to make more funding available to keep our roads safe and well maintained."

All repair works carried out using the funding have to be completed by the end of March 2015.

The Council will publish quarterly updates on its website so that local residents can see how many potholes or miles or resurfacing has been undertaken in their area.

Residents can report potholes at www.wakefield.gov.uk/potholes or by calling 0345 8 506 506.