More than £1m awarded to repair up to 20,000 potholes across Bedford and Central Beds areas

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More than £1million has been invested in roads across the Bedford and Central Beds areas following Government plans to help fill up to 20,000 potholes on our roads.

In the Bedford area, just over £500,000 will be awarded to fix a potential 9,000 potholes, while the Central Beds area will see just under £600,000 repair 11,000.

The investment is part of a nationwide project to help fill more than 3 million potholes as part of a massive scheme in the country’s local and major roads.

Councils across England have been allocated £168 million of funding from a dedicated Pothole Repair Fund. As a condition of receiving the money local authorities are required to publish monthly progress updates on how many potholes have been repaired.

This is the latest in a series of announcements which will see more than £24 billion spent on England’s strategic road network between 2010 and 2021 - the biggest investment in the road network since the 1970s.

Parliament is now considering legislation that will transform the Highways Agency into a government-owned company backed by locked-in funding; changes that will eliminate the uncertain ‘stop-start’ funding processes of the past and save the taxpayer at least £2.6 billion over the next 10 years.

This huge investment in the strategic road network is reflected by a further £7.4 billion committed to local roads in the next Parliament, along with funding from the £12 billion Local Growth Fund.