Potholes to be filled with extra cash

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Potholed roads in Fylde and Wyre are to get a slice of an extra £5m handed to Lancashire to rid its roads of 92,000 potholes.

The cash comes on top of the £2.2m the Government gave the Red Rose county in March to tackle damage caused by winter weather.

County Coun John Fillis said: “We have been calling on the Government for this extra funding since last March and I am pleased to see that they have finally listened to what we have been saying.

“There is still a disproportionate amount of funding being spent in the south compared to the north where it’s most needed. It now appears that we will be able to get on with the job of repairing our highways to the standard the people of Lancashire deserve.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Investing in our roads is a key part of our long term economic plan. We have already made an historic investment in Britain’s road network, including £18.5m set aside for road maintenance in Lancashire in this year alone. And today we are announcing nearly £5m to help the area to rid its roads of the pain of potholes. Lancashire has shown it is one of the leading areas in the country in its determination to beat potholes.”

The Government has set a target of March 2015 for the work to be completed.