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Potholes cash from government to help clear Kent’s roads

More than £155m is being given to Kent and Medway so potholes can be fixed.

The government cash will be spent over the next six years, it’s been revealed.

A total of £6 billion is being spent across England, according to an announcement by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin today.

A pothole in the A2

A pothole in the A2

The cash is allocated to local authorities according to local need, so councils with more complex highways networks get more funding.

In total, the counties making up the south east region will get £778 million between them.

According to Kent county council, 21,000 potholes have been repaired thanks to the ‘find and fix’ programme in the first six months of this year.

Mr McLoughlin said: “Roads play a significant part in everyday life.

“Poorly maintained local roads, blighted by potholes, are a menace to all road users, particularly during the festive period as people travel to see family and friends.

“It is vital we have good quality roads. The £778 million funding I am announcing today on South East will put an end to the short-term fixes and will mean we have committed £10 billion between 2010 and 2021.”

A road pothole

A road pothole

The announcement comes just months after it was revealed the county was being given a £6.3million boost to help tackle Kent’s pothole problems.

Kent county council was awarded the government money in June to help deal with roads badly damaged by the successive bad winters.

The money was allocated to KCC as part of its share of an £168m government handout which ministers say is enough to fix 3m potholes across the country. 

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