Extra funding for road care call

Northamptonshire County Council is calling for extra funding to repair roads after damage caused by heavy snow.

It is to lobby national and regional government, saying that once the snow and ice has melted it believes there will be widespread damage to the road network.

The county was hit by several inches of snow, roads in and out of Northampton were "impassable" said police, and schools, libraries and council-run services closed.

As water seeps into cracks and expands then freezes, the council said road surfaces would be left brittle.

Roads swell up and break apart as a result of expanding ice, which puts pressure on the surface material, especially on roads where there is a lot of traffic.

Bob Seery, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: "I believe that together the people of Northamptonshire and the local authorities have faced up to the challenges of severe weather conditions over the past week in an effective manner better than many other areas of the country.

"We intend to carry out a detailed review to learn from any lessons."

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