Lancashire gets pothole-filling boost from axed HS2 cash
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The funding will come from the money set aside by the government previously earmarked for the doomed HS2 rail project.
Initially, the Lancashire County Council area will get an extra £3.6m in each of the next two funding cycles to be spent on road repairs – and, by 2034, the authority’s patch will have been allocated £244,511,000 for dealing with potholes and other urgent carriageway works.
Transport Secretary Mark Harper was today due to set out the allocations of £1.2bn investment to resurface roads in the North West, the biggest allocation of any English region.
This is part of a wider, national long-term plan of £8.3bn, enough to resurface more than 5,000 miles of road across the country over the next 11 years.
Mr Harper said: “Most people travel by road and potholes can cause misery for motorists, from expensive vehicle repairs to bumpy, slow and dangerous journeys.
"Our £1.2bn boost to repair roads across the North West shows that we’re on the side of drivers.
“Today’s biggest ever funding uplift for local road improvements is a victory for all road users, who will enjoy smoother, faster and safer trips - as we use redirected HS2 funding to make the right long-term decisions for a brighter future.”
The measure is described as a key part of the government’s Network North plan, with money redirected from HS2, instead going to improve daily transport connections.
Network North will see £36bn invested in hundreds of transport projects and initiatives across the country, and includes the extension of the £2 bus fare cap in England to the end of December 2024, as well as more than £1bn to improve bus journeys in the North and the Midlands.