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£500m fund to fix 10 million potholes

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The government has dished out £500m to local authorities in England to repair potholes, with the funding expected to fix the equivalent of 10 million potholes across the country.

It is the second of five equal instalments from the £2.5bn Potholes Fund, which will provide £500m a year between 2020/21 and 2024/25.

The average pothole costs £50 to fill in.

Transport minister Baroness Vere said: “We know potholes are more than just a nuisance – they can be dangerous to drivers and cyclists alike, and cause damage to thousands of vehicles every year.

“The funding allocated today will help councils ensure roads in their area are kept up to standard, and that the potholes that blight road users can be dealt with promptly.”

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  1. Yes this is all very well but how many companies know HOW to fill a pothole?
    Yes JCB have produced a machine that they say will repair x potholes an hour but I watched the video and it only was quicker in cutting out the area you still had to bring in a ‘tack coat’ and then macadam and roll the area. I watched a video, which was obviously taken abroad, and they used a system of heating up the area under consideration the added more tarmac and then rolled that flat to the adjacent areas. There were no joins new to old and from an environmental point of view it reused existing macadam. Also the damaged area hadn’t been left too long so much as the macadam had been washed away leaving a great hole to be filled. I have to say this was a side road and didn’t get the traffic of one of our A roads or perhaps a B road but it is something that perhaps we should look at.
    That said it would be good if we could get a degree of similarity in how we repair potholes because a good % of these repairs fail!

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