On the road to pothole repair

A huge pothole on Wilton Avenue
A huge pothole on Wilton Avenue

WIGAN’S road network is set for a makeover as funds in the region of £1m could be allocated to fix potholes.

Council bosses announced earlier this month that £500k had been set aside in next year’s budget for road improvements.

And as a result of this week’s national budget announcement, local authorities can apply for a share of £200m set aside to plug the nation’s pothole problem.

In addition to this, the Department for Transport (DFT) will provide £13.1m to North West councils to help repair roads damaged by severe weather.

Wigan Council will receive £358,930, a DFT spokesman said.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Damage to roads causes misery for drivers and local communities and the severe weather over the last few months has made the problem worse.

“This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and residents across the North West who rely on local road, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”

To access the central Government funds, local authorities will have to apply through a competitive bidding process.

Experts have estimated that the country’s pothole problem will require £10.5bn to repair.