East Sussex County Council has been told they’ll receive over £2.5 million in Government funding to help with road repairs.
The £2,645,187 is the county’s share of emergency funds announced by the Transport Secretary earlier this month, to fix roads damaged by the severe winter weather.
On top of this money, in the Budget the Chancellor announced another £200 million will be given to councils across England for pothole repairs in the next financial year (2014-15).
Only last week Sussex-based breakdown provider, GEM Motoring Assist, urged the Government to take action to clear the £10 billion maintenance backlog that has been allowed to build up.
GEM say our roads are now on a par with the African country Namibia. Recent figures from the World Economic Forum show the UK dropping from 24th to 28th place for the quality of its road infrastructure, putting it behind Chile, Cyprus and Croatia.
GEM chief executive David Williams MBE said:
The UK road network is in an appalling state. This has an enormous financial impact on motorists, who most of the time must bear the cost of repairs to paintwork, suspension and tyres. Those who can’t afford these repairs risk making journeys in vehicles that are potentially unsafe.
GEM Motoring Assist, whose headquarters are in Forest Row are offering motorist some advice on how to stay safe, and how to make a case for compensation for damage to your vehicle.
Council road bosses say they are doing all they can to tackle the big potholes and programme in the less severe problems into their work schedule.
Next year East Sussex County Council will spent £57 million of additional funding on highway maintenance, including £10 million for unclassified roads.
Councillor Carl Maynard, Lead Member for Transport & Environment said:
Over the last two years, we’ve re-surfaced over 200km or 124 miles of roads in East Sussex. That’s equivalent to re-surfacing a road all the way from Lewes to Bristol.
We’re sending extra work gangs out to repair the most serious potholes as soon as they are reported. We have to prioritise our work – so the largest holes on the busiest routes will be at the top of our list.
In order to get our roads repaired in Crowborough, you are encouraged to report potholes you see. You need to take note of the location, dimensions and if it is safe to do so, take a photo on your mobile phone.
The Council has recently introduced an improved online reporting system.
Main roads, such as the A27 and A23, are the responsibility of the Highways Agency, not the local authority, so call them on 0300 123 5000.