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Staffordshire potholes to be blitzed with £4.5 million Government windfall

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: June 20, 2014

Coton End Lane, near Gnosall, is just one of the area's roads plagued by potholes.

Coton End Lane, near Gnosall, is just one of the area's roads plagued by potholes.

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The investment, given the green light by Transport Secretary and former Staffordshire County Councillor Patrick McLoughlin, was announced today.

It comes on top of £2.1 million already being spent on fixing potholes and surfacing hotspots across the county this summer.

Staffordshire County Council bid for the cash, from a national funding pot, and welcomed today’s windfall. Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council’s Support Member for Transport and Connected County, said: “An effective and well maintained road network in Staffordshire is important to residents and key to the council’s ambitions to bring more jobs and prosperity to the county.

“This extra funding will help us not only tackle more potholes, but also invest in projects to help us build on the improvements we have already made to our highways network.

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“Our highways crews do a fantastic job and are currently repairing more than 400 potholes every week – but in such a huge rural county maintaining our 6,000km of highways and 2,400km of footways is on-going challenge and requires sustained investment.”

The announcement has also been hailed by Stone MP Bill Cash, who urged constituents in Stone, Gnosall, Little Onn and Church Eaton to send him details and photos of problem potholes earlier this month.

He said: “I praise the county’s highways team in getting this extra fresh investment as I know they are already fixing more than 400 potholes per week and have drafted in pothole ‘zapping’ machines to help speed up repairs. “I understand that they will now prioritise further repairs and project with the extra investment.

“My objective is to see that a portion of this money can go towards repairing some of the potholes identified by my constituents, by local councillors and myself, and also particularly in the deep rural areas.

“I welcome the Transport Secretary’s announcement more generally for councils across England in allocating this money from a dedicated Pothole Repair Fund.”

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