The Government announced yesterday, Thursday, that Cambridgeshire will share in a £250 million five year Pothole Action Fund to improve local roads and deliver better journeys.

The Department of Transport announced Cambridgeshire would be getting £973,000 as part of £50 million released this year to councils across the country.

Currently Cambridgeshire County Council spends around £3,077,000 maintaining, patching and fixing potholes on the County's 2,000 miles of roads.

The Council follows national best practice by having a planned asset management approach and prioritising areas of most need. In partnership with its contractors Skanska the Council has also brought in the use of new and more effective materials as well as machines such as the "˜dragon' patcher which is cheaper and more productive in fixing potholes.

Richard Lumley, Head of Local Infrastructure and Street Management for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "We welcome this extra money to help us keep Cambridgeshire on the move. Dealing with potholes is a never ending problem from our heavily trafficked urban streets to our well used rural roads. Already Cambridgeshire spends around £3,077,000 on maintaining our roads and this represents an almost 32 % increase on that. We recognise that keeping our roads maintained keeps people and business on the move as well as improving safety."

Jim Daughton, Business Director at Skanska, commented: "We are always looking at innovative ways to reduce our customers costs: an example of this is the Skanska patcher machine, which is working across the county to not only fix potholes, but prevent these from occurring."

"Since we introduced this machine it has increased productivity by four times and reduced costs by over 50 per cent."

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