Pothole repair fund 'will be short'

Pothole repair funding faces a £165 million shortfall across England, a council lobbying group has warned.

Local authorities fixed more than two million potholes in 2010 after they received an extra £100 million for road repairs, according to the Local Government Association which warned that councils will receive £65 million less from the Highways Maintenance Budget from April.

The £871 million allowance for road repairs in 2010/2011 drops to £806 million next year and £779 million the year after, and the Highways Maintenance Budget is expected to be £750 million by 2013/2014 and £707 million in 2014/2015, said the LGA.

The organisation, which represents more than 350 councils, said highways departments would be hit by cuts as they begin to survey the damage caused by the worst December weather in a century.

Potholes happen where water repeatedly freezes and expands in cracks in the road, leaving holes which can damage vehicles.

And with so many potholes, the chances of claims oncar insurance are higher.

Councillor Peter Box, chairman of the LGA's economy and transport board, said: "With tens of millions of pounds being cut from road maintenance budgets this year it is going to be a huge struggle for already-stretched highways teams to keep up."

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