The county councils around Banbury will be getting nearly £20m extra to fix potholes and improve roads this winter from the Government, it was announced today (Monday, November 12).
Oxfordshire will be getting £7,401,000, Warwickshire will receive £5,741,000 and Northamptonshire is in line for £6,772,000 from the Department of Transport’s £420m pot, which was revealed in the Budget.
An Oxfordshire County Council spokesman said: “We welcome the additional funding from the DfT in recognition of the need to invest in the condition of our roads and will be looking closely at exactly what further maintenance opportunities it could bring.”
Cllr Ian Morris, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, added: “We very much welcome this Department for Transport money for roads in Northamptonshire which is part of a national scheme to improve highways.
“We now need to see exactly how we can spend the money, paying attention to any conditions on how it can be used.
“We can then draw up some proposals on which highways maintenance projects in the county we need to prioritise.”
Roads Minister Jesse Noman said: “Potholes are a huge problem for all road users, and too often we see issues occurring at the same place time after time.
“That is why the Government is investing more in improving our roads than at any time before – £15bn between 2015 and 2020 and a further £28.8bn to 2025.
“Plus an immediate extra £420m for potholes and local road maintenance just this year.”
Warwickshire County Council has also been contacted for comment.