Potholes cleared and more cash for roads

More cash has been given to help repair the county’s roads as the pothole backlog is cleared ahead of time.

The Government announced another £2.9million is to be given to Northumberland County Council to repair roads.

It comes as the authority announces it has cleared the pothole backlog, of 12,213, ahead of target.

But there are 30 locations where there is more serious structural damage, and these are included in the capital programme, to be repaired by this autumn.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment, said: “We have managed to secure £16.8million in government funding over the last three years, including £2.9million announced last week.

“However, many tens of millions of pounds of capital investment will be needed to ensure the life of the roads for years to come. Our workforce has worked very hard in order to clear this backlog of potholes. We will continue to do all we can to make the roads as safe as possible for drivers in our county.”