£22million for potholes: Milton Keynes to get largest sum in South East

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Milton Keynes will get the biggest share of funds being spent on tackling potholes in the South East.

A record £6billion investment in improving local roads between 2015 and 2021 will fix around 18 million potholes across the country.

This means Milton Keynes Council can look forward to receiving £22,616,000 from the government over the next five years.

The announcement by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin comes just six weeks after city road A509 was named and shamed as one of the worst for potholes in the UK.

It is the first time councils have been given locked-in funding over this length of time, which Mr McLoughlin says will help them plan ahead and save money for the taxpayer.

He said: “Roads play a significant part in everyday life. Poorly maintained local roads, blighted by potholes, are a menace to all road users, particularly during the festive period as people travel to see family and friends.”

The Department for Transport allocates funding to local authorities based on local need, so councils with larger highway networks receive more of the funding.

Mr McLoughlin’s parliamentary private secretary Iain Stewart, MP for MK South said: “I am delighted to see this investment. It is great to see these kind of long term investments into our roads being made adI hope the allocation for our roads is spent wisely.”