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Scarred county roads in line for huge Government windfall to ease pothole crisis

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 09, 2014

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Gloucestershire's roads could be in line for a slice of £140 million of investment to help repair the county’s roads that have become scarred by potholes.

The wettest winter on record has left behind a ‘daunting trail of destruction’ - with drivers left to run the gauntlet on some of the county’s worst hit roads.

Bean counters at the county council could see budgets topped up by more than £40 million of Government cash.

And that could go straight into the coffers to put road gangs to work fixing potholes, helping reduce dangers for drivers.

Councillor Vernon Smith, cabinet member for roads and flooding, said: “The fact government is making extra funding available is great news. The wet weather has caused massive damage to our road network.

“It isn't just the big damage caused by landslips or by flooded roads. Very wet weather is actually more damaging to roads than frost, causing potholes and defects.

“We're looking for help to address as many of these issues as possible. We're hopeful of a positive response from government.”

All councils will also share in a £103.5 million boost to the money available. Most councils are expected to receive the extra money by the end of this week in an effort to ensure works are completed before the summer holidays.

In return they will be required to publish on websites by the end of August details of how it was used.

The Department for Transport said the funds – which take the total budget to £1bn for 2013-14 – had been found through savings made elsewhere over the year.

Transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, said: “Having the right infrastructure in place to support businesses and hardworking people is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan.

“This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and local residents who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”

The AA president, Edmund King, said: “Even though we haven't had the traditional ice and snow this winter, the relentless rain has taken its toll on many roads. Some road surfaces have been eroded away by rain and cause particular danger for those on two wheels as well as damage for those on four wheels. The funding is welcome but we will still be playing catch-up once this money runs out.”

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  • eopbat  |  March 10 2014, 12:55PM

    I think It happens In Indonesian Only,

  • JemmyWood  |  March 10 2014, 10:49AM

    The weather is only a contributing factor to the state of Gloucestershires roads. it's mainly down the GCC failing to maintain roads properly, preferring to sit on the money instead for a few years. Combine this with the bargin basement road repair contract put in place by Stan The Burning Man Waddington and you have a recipie for the state the roads currently are in. Repairs are low grade, slow to be done and are failing very quickly... buy cheap you will always end up paying twice. A drive along Cole Ave and the SW bypass yesterday and I still spent the whole journey dodging potholes. Its utterly shambolic; Vernon Smith and his department are not doing their job and to be honest, fresh leadership is needed. To rely on people 'reporting' potholes is a ludicrous idea... these are main roads Vernon... you should be getting out from behind your desk and looking. Try spending a few hours driving about Gloucester, you'll see what needs doing, it's not difficult (well, it's obviously difficult for you). But I suppose you work in a low output, low cost, bare minimum work required to maintain lip service world. THE STATE OF GLOUCESTER's ROADS JUST AREN'T GOOD ENOUGH AND YOUR DEPARTMENT ARE NOT DOING ENOUGH. If you think different... prove me wrong.

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  • meymey  |  March 10 2014, 10:39AM

    johncc2010, holes only get plugged if they fit certain criteria ie depth mainly and if it aint deep enough forget it,...... i read a report recently that has proved its far cheaper to replace worn out road than to patch it and of course they replacement lasts longer than the patch

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  • SELINA30  |  March 10 2014, 9:31AM

    When ever the Council are informed of a pot hole they say they are looking into it.

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  • johncc2010  |  March 10 2014, 6:26AM

    Yep. They'll plug the holes. Then plug them again and again. Each time the holes will get bigger and deeper..

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  • meymey  |  March 09 2014, 4:07PM

    The Department for Transport said the funds – which take the total budget to £1bn for 2013-14 – had been found through savings made elsewhere over the year........... now wonder where those savings were made and at whos expense

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