Harrogate's potholes could be filled with £2m funding boost

Andrew Jones, Minister for Department for Transport. Picture: Gary Longbottom

Andrew Jones, Minister for Department for Transport. Picture: Gary Longbottom

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A government transport minister and MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough has welcomed a multi-million boost to repair the county's potholes.

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) is set to benefit from a £2.358m road repairs boost as part of a £7.3m fund from Government, specifically for potholes.

The new cash comes from a new Yorkshire and Humber fund of £7.3m which is estimated to be enough to fill nearly 45,000 potholes.

Andrew Jones, Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, said: “North Yorkshire has received by far the largest allocation from the pothole fund of any authority in Yorkshire and the Humber.

"The allocation is around two-and-a-half times that given to the East Riding of Yorkshire which received the second largest grant. This is because the particular and significant challenges of having a large and very rural road network are recognised.

“There are a lot of potholes to fill and this funding enables 45,000 to be put right. I am sure that local people will welcome the extra funding and are as keen as I am that the County Council puts it to good use.”

The funding is on top of the £26m the Government gives North Yorkshire as its annual Highways Maintenance allocation this year.