Major financial boost for a hole lot of roadworks

BATTERED Oxfordshire roads plagued with potholes are set for a long-awaited revamp following a major investment.

Half a billion pounds will be pumped in eradicating dangerous potholes this year as part of the Chancellor’s Budget announced on Wednesday.

The overall investment of £2.5 billion to fix up to 50 million potholes over the next five years will particularly benefit the South West, The East of England and the North West.

The funding will also be available for local authorities to undertake longer-term road resurfacing works to prevent potholes from appearing in the first place.

The move is part of the government’s infrastructure revolution and will ensure every corner of the UK has transport links to facilitate a decade of growth.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “We cannot level up Britain and spread opportunity if we are spending our journeys dodging potholes and forking out for the damage they cause.

“It is vital we keep roads in good condition.

“Local authorities will be able to target places based on local need, meaning that areas with more bumps in the road can be fixed first.”


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