It is the second of five instalments from the £2.5 billion Potholes Fund up to 2024/25 announced by the Department for Transport (DfT) and is essential in allowing the council to maintain a safer network for all road users.
The money will be used by the council’s highway maintenance team to repair potholes, carry out resurfacing schemes and other preventative works on roads across North Somerset.
This additional money now brings the council’s budget available for highway maintenance to £5.9m for 2021/22 from the Government's pothole and road maintenance funds, a 15 per cent reduction on last year’s budget. This figure includes the council's own contribution of £1.25m.
The current spending required to maintain North Somerset's roads in their existing condition is estimated at £10m per year. While the current funding levels will inevitably lead to a decline in the network overall, the council will continue to use innovative treatments, technologies and good asset management to slow the decline and reduce the risk of potholes forming wherever possible.
“Potholes on our roads can be dangerous to cyclists, drivers and others using our limited highway space, so we welcome this funding that will help make our roads both safer and easier to travel on for all," said Cllr James Tonkin, the council's executive member for planning and transport.
“Our transport network is vital in providing the connections we need for essential trips and deliveries at present and, as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, reconnecting with jobs, education, services and loved ones to secure our economic and social recovery in North Somerset.
"We will use this funding to make sure our transport network is up to the best possible standard for walking, scooting, cycling, buses and car travel to enable our recovery to be both active and green. This will help us on our journey to carbon neutrality as we tackle the climate emergency.”