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Pothole cash windfall will fix most "well used" roads say council

But critics say £325,000 Government boost will barely put a dent in the backlog of repairs

Pothole action fund cash will be used to fix the borough’s most “well used” roads, Kirklees Council has said.

The Government revealed on Wednesday that Kirklees would receive £325,000 of its £50m fund for councils across the country.

But the Campaign for Better Transport says the cash will “barely make a dent” in the nation’s £12billion backlog of repairs.

A Kirklees Council spokesperson said: “The council welcomes the award of £325,000 from the Department for Transport’s £50m pothole fund.

“The local roads in Kirklees have suffered particularly badly from the prolonged wet and cold weather this winter.

Pothole outside driving test centre

“This funding will be used to undertake repairs to the roads across the district in the coming months.

“Our budget can only go so far and unfortunately it isn’t possible to resurface every road in Kirklees when requested.

“We generally prioritise well used local roads linking residential areas to main road network, roads that link rural villages and hamlets together, or roads that are essential for business and commerce.”

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Bridget Fox, from the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “The local road network is in such a poor state of repair that £50million is just a drop in the ocean that will barely make a dent in the £12 billion backlog, let alone funding needed for ongoing maintenance.

“Instead of wasting billions of pounds on motorway building schemes that will clog up our cities with more congestion and pollution, the Government could make a real difference to communities across the country by reversing the starvation of funding for the transport people use every day – including buses, cycling and local road maintenance.”

Potholes on Bradford Road

Examiner readers have recently highlighted potentially damaging potholes on one of the town’s main roads, the A641 Bradford Road at Fartown.

Last year, New Hey Road was found to be the subject of most car damage claims against the council, with five in the 2014/2015 financial year.

The Kirklees spokesperson added: “The council carries out an extensive programme of maintenance work on Kirklees’ roads and pavements to ensure safety, and to keep people and goods moving.

“All roads and pavements in Kirklees are inspected in accordance with national guidelines in order to identify any defects that need to be repaired.”



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