In March 2016, the Government announced a new £250 million Pothole Action Fund to help local highway authorities across England tackle potholes on their local road networks. This funding was distributed on a formula basis, calculated on the size of each authority's local road network.
This means that the council was given an extra £690,000 in 2016/17 to permanently fix potholes on our roads, or to invest in measures to stop potholes forming in the first place.
The decision was made to invest this extra funding on a variety of road maintenance treatments to reduce the number of potholes on roads in the East Riding. £300,000 was used to patch/prepare an area of 236,624m2 (42km) for surface dressing. A further £190,000 was invested on pre-surface dressing patching for the 2017/18 surface dressing programme, and the remaining £200,000 has been spent on the council’s ‘Roadmaster’ programme, an innovative patching treatment used to fill potholes. In total, these treatments have repaired and prevented 8,938 potholes from forming on local roads.
For further details, see www.eastriding.gov.uk/council/plans-and-policies/other-plans-and-policies-information/transport/transport-asset-management/
The Department for Transport has now told the council that we will receive a further £890,000 from the Pothole Action Fund in 2017/18. Officers are now making decisions on how this funding will be spent.
Potholes can be reported online at www.eastriding.gov.uk/environment/roads-streets-traffic-and-parking/roads-pavements-and-traffic/maintenance-of-roads-and-pavements