Devon gets extra £9.7m on pothole repairs

John Foster with one of his potholes
Image caption Reports of potholes to Devon County Council reached a peak of 7,400 in January

Devon is getting an extra £9.68m towards patching the county's potholes.

The money from the government's pothole repair fund is part of more than £170m handed out to local authorities across England.

The county council, Plymouth City and Torbay Councils are each receiving a share of the funding.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said that the funding was an "important step in ridding our roads of this menace".

Devon County Council, which gets about £35m a year from the government for mending its roads, has already been handed an extra £7m after severe winter storms damaged roads.

Reports of potholes soared from about 2,000 a month in a normal winter to about 7,400 in January.

Plymouth City Council received more than £1.5m from the government for repairing storm-damaged roads and Torbay Council received £336,000.

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