York & North Yorkshire

Increase in North Yorkshire pothole repair funds

Pothole repairs in North Yorkshire have been boosted by an extra £6.6m from the Department for Transport.

North Yorkshire County Council has been awarded the money as part of a £200m government cash injection to repair Britain's damaged roads.

The funding aims to help the authority tackle the problems caused by the extreme freezing weather which hit the country between November and February.

The council said the cash was "very welcome".

Compensation claims

Councillor Gareth Dadd, Executive Member for Highways said: "Many of our roads are in higher altitudes, for example in the Dales and the North York Moors, where inevitably the weather conditions are more severe than in lowland districts.

"So while this additional support from the Government is very welcome, it must be remembered that there is an awful lot of repair work to be done."

Nearly £36m was spent on road maintenance in 2010 across the county which has the longest road network in the country.

A Freedom of Information request submitted by the BBC showed that in this financial year the county council has so far paid out £73,986 in compensation for issues to do with highways maintenance.

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