Funding boost for roads hit by bad weather
An extra £200,000 will be spent on repairing
damage to Bedford Borough’s roads caused by the winter weather this
year and in previous years.
The money will fund the repair of at least
2,000 extra potholes across the Borough, in addition to the 1,100
pothole repairs already made each year.
The Council has had to make difficult
decisions as part of the budget setting process for 2016/7 but
releasing funds to repair roads damaged by severe weather is seen
as a priority measure to ensure the right infrastructure is in
place to support residents and businesses.
Councillor Charles Royden, Deputy Mayor and
Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, said: "We're
committed to providing good services for our residents, despite big
cuts to our budgets from Central Government. Our pledge of an extra
£200,000 will make roads safer for residents and visitors alike,
whether they are cycling or driving."
During severe weather road surfaces can
deteriorate. Water seeps into cracks in the road and expands as it
freezes. This causes cracks to open up in the surface. Repeated
thawing and freezing causes the most damage.
A pothole hit squad service was launched by
the Council in January 2011 to provide a quick response service to
carry out permanent repairs to potholes. Since its launch,
the service has repaired more than 12,000 potholes across the
The Council plans to spend around £6 million
on highway maintenance in 2016/17. Of the £6 million highway
maintenance budget, £4.5 million will be spent on road and footway
resurfacing and the rest on bridge, street lighting and drainage
Local residents who wish to report a pothole
are asked to contact the Highways Helpdesk on 01234 228661 or visit