Funding to repair more than 20,000 potholes across Staffordshire has been welcomed by the county’s highway chief.

The Government has allocated more than £1million to the region from a national fund to tackle problem road surfaces – the largest figure of any authority in the Midlands.

The Department for Transport says the money will help fill 20,170 potholes across the county

Cllr Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Maintaining good roads is important to to local communities and to businesses.

“With a network the sheer size of Staffordshire this is always going to be a significant and costly challenge and, while we want to focus more on preventing potholes in the first place, this annual funding will help our crews fix the potholes which are causing the biggest problems in the county.

“We already repair around 350 potholes per week and over the coming weeks we will be looking at how this funding can be best spent to get the maximum benefits for road users.”

The money has come from the £250million pothole action fund, which the government hopes will fix more than four million potholes by 2021.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Almost every journey starts and ends on a local road, so the government is giving councils in the West Midlands £5.7million specifically to tackle the blight of potholes in their area.

“This is just one part of our unprecedented investment in local road maintenance over the next five years.”

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