Government pledges almost £3.5m to fixing Norfolk’s pot holes

PUBLISHED: 14:34 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:36 26 March 2018

Pot hole in Jessopp Road, Norwich

Pot hole in Jessopp Road, Norwich

Archant Norfolk 2010

More than £3.5m of government money is to be pumped into plugging the holes left in our roads by the harsh winter weather conditions.

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council's environment, development and transport committee. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives.Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council's environment, development and transport committee. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling this week announced a further £100m is to me made available to repair pot holes nationwide, and at £3.448,743, Norfolk’s share of the money is among the largest in the country.

It comes after the Beast from the East left roads across the county in need of urgent care.

Nationwide, only the North East, Lincolnshire and Devon was allocated more money than Norfolk, with Suffolk also receiving a seven-figure amount - around £2.4m.

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee, said the funding boost was extremely welcome.

He said: “We have had a very cold and wet winter which does cause lots of problems to road conditions, so this money is very timely.

“In Norfolk we have one of the largest road networks in the country, so I am particularly delighted to see this reflected in the amount we have been awarded.”

The county council will now begin assessing which areas are in the most urgent need of work, as it looks to help the county’s roads continue to recover from the conditions.

He added: “We will have to look at what needs doing and will prioritise on a case by case basis.

“It is extremely good to see Norfolk towards the top of the list in terms of the amount we are receiving. We deserve this.”

Following February’s week of snow, it was estimated that the cost of additional work carried out on during the storms was in the region of £800,000.

This amount did include the cost of labour and deploying gritters and snow ploughs, but also took account for repairing roads that had been affected by the severe weather conditions.

Meanwhile, Suffolk has also received a considerable chunk of the £100m, receiving £2,454,918, with Cambridgeshire being allocated £1.6m.

The money is likely to be used on a mixture of reactive work - filling pot holes and patching roads - and preventative work, such as resurfacing.

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