Government pledges £46 million to fix potholes in new road funding boost

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
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

The government has pledged a £46 million fund to repair up to a million potholes across the country, as part of a £6 billion boost to road funding. Transport minister Jesse Norman announced the plans in York yesterday, while visiting the trial of an innovative pothole spotting device.

The trial sees high-definition cameras fitted to bicycles, buses and refuse collection lorries to monitor road conditions. Councils can then take the data to identify potholes that need filling, and fix them when they occur, as well as plan for new resurfacing and refurbishment.