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Extra £100m for pothole repairs

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Local councils in England have been allocated an additional £100 million by the Government to repair potholes on the country's roads.

Heavy snowfall during December last year left local roads in poor condition, making journeys hard for motorists, the Department for Transport (DfT) said.

The extra cash is on top of the £831 million funding authorities have already received this year for road maintenance and the £3 billion the Government has pledged over the next four years.

Potholes can be a menace to drivers as they put them at an increased risk of an accident. An accident can result in an increase in car insurance, when the policy is next renewed.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: "Millions of motorists across the country have their daily drives ruined by potholes. And the awful winter weather we had this year is only going to make that problem worse.

"That is why, despite the tough financial position we are in, we are going to give councils over £100 million extra to help carry out much-needed repairs to England's roads."

He added: "I am determined to see the winter damage to our roads fixed as quickly as possible and we will be working with councils to make sure that happens.

"This money should make a real difference to the millions of drivers who are fed up with having to continually battle against dangerous potholes, giving them safer and smoother journeys."

The extra funding has been made possible because of savings the DfT made earlier in the financial year.

Councillor Peter Box, chairman of the Local Government Association's (LGA) economy and transport board, said: "It is good news the Government has responded to the concerns of local authorities by agreeing to the LGA's request for extra money to fix potholes caused by unprecedented winter weather."

© Press Association 2011