The Government has announced £8.3 billion of funding will be redirected from HS2 to improve road conditions across the UK.
The allocations set out by Transport Secretary Mark Harper will see the billion-pound long-term plan resurface over 5,000 miles of road across the country over 11 years.
Across England, local highway authorities will receive £150 million this financial year, followed by a further £150 million for 2024/2025, with the rest of the funding allocated through to 2034.
Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, said: “Well-maintained road surfaces could save drivers up to £440 each in expensive vehicle repairs, helping motorists keep more of the cash in their pocket.
“This unprecedented £8.3 billion investment will pave the road for better and safer journeys for millions of people across the country and put an end to the blight of nuisance potholes.”
Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, said: “Most people travel by road and potholes can cause misery for motorists, from expensive vehicle repairs to bumpy, slow and dangerous journeys. Our £8.3 billion boost to repair roads across the country shows that we’re on the side of drivers.”
The funding will be shared amongst the following:
- £3.3 billion for local authorities in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber
- £2.2 billion for local authorities in the West Midlands and East Midlands
- £2.8 billion for local authorities in the East of England, South East, South West and, for the first time in 8 years, London