£1m funding to help rid Leeds of its pothole hell

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LEEDS has been awarded almost £1m from a new Government cash pot to help repair roads damaged by recent severe weather - and rid the city of the blight of potholes.

The money is part of a £10.3m fund for Yorkshire authorities, which has been made available to help with much needed road repairs following the wettest winter on record.

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 Yorkshire who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”

Leeds will receive £949,426 of funding from the new fund. Wakefield will be handed £487,955 and Kirklees will get £606,663.

The YEP reported last year that according to research, pothole-riddled roads in Leeds would cost more than £95m to patch up.

The sum was the average that Yorkshire’s councils would need to bring their roads to a reasonable condition, according to the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA).

Last year’s flood damage added around £24m to each council’s road repairs bill, the survey also found.

The study found it would take around 11 years for local authorities to clear their highways maintenance backlogs, despite filling in an average of 18,000 potholes each last year.

A separate survey found last year that a street in Leeds - King’s Lane - had been identified as one of the worst in the country for potholes.

News of the title emerged as a separate YEP investigation revealed that council bosses in Leeds had forked out more than £500,000 in compensation to people injured because of poorly-maintained pavements.

Highways bosses have forked out more than £620,000 in damages caused by the potholes in Leeds over the last five years.

The government fund includes £80m for flood-hit areas to help repair the roads that received the worst damage during the severe weather. It brings total investment allocated in road maintenance to more than £1 billion in 2013 to 2014, the Government says.

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