Councils given £100m to repair winter-damaged roads

Cars pass a deep potholed road in Gloucestershire, which along with most of the South West UK, needs attention and repair work after a year of heavy rainfall and recent flooding, creating potholes and debris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January, 6, 2013. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

An extra £100m has been allocated to England's local councils in order to help fund road repairs in the wake of Storm Emma and the 'Beast from the East'.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling announced the extra funding, which will help patch up around two million potholes and help strengthen roads against future severe weather.

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The funds were not shared out equally, with local authorities receiving different amounts depending on need. Devon received the largest sum, with £4.5m allocated on top of £2.5m already given to 'quickly repair the A379'.

Norfolk and North Yorkshire were both given over £3m, while Birmingham, Sheffield and the Isle of Wight were not allocated any funds.

A further £900,000 is being given to selected authorities to experiment with new roadbuilding solutions to help prevent damage to cars before it occurs. One is Blackpool, where a £100,000 scheme will see cameras mounted on vehicles to collect data on road conditions.

Grayling said: "People rely on good roads to get to work and to see friends or family.

"We have seen an unusually prolonged spell of freezing weather whih has caused damage to our local roads."

The extra funding, Grayling said, would ensure that "all road users can enjoy their journeys without having to dodge potholes."

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