Sunderland to receive £184,000 to help fix potholes

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Sunderland is to receive £184,000 to deal with pothole problems.

The cash, allocated to the city council by the Department of Transport, will be used to fix around 3,472 potholes on Wearside over the next 12 months.

In total, more than £3million will be shared by 12 local authorities in the north east to deal with 58,000 potholes on the region’s roads.

The cash will come from the Governments’s £250million Pothole Action Fund.

A spokesman for Sunderland City Council said: “While the Pothole Action Fund is very welcome, and Sunderland has received this type of funding before, these grants haven’t always been enough to cover all damage, plus the wear and tear of recent years.

“Nonetheless, highways asset management and maintenance are considered one of the council’s priorities.

“And, in the last 12 months more than 1,000 potholes have been repaired on the city roads.

“Members of the public can report any highway problems by calling 520 5550.”

Elsewhere, Durham County Council is set to receive £784,000 to fix 14,792 potholes on its roads.

Other payments include £143,000 for Gateshead Council, £152,000 for Newcastle City Council, £100,000 for South Tyneside Council and £138,000 for North Tyneside Council.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “I know how important well-maintained roads are to people across the North East. Almost every journey starts and ends on a local road, so the government is giving councils in the North East over £3million specifically to tackle the blight of potholes in their area.”