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MP welcomes extra funds to fill pot holes

June 20, 2014 1:04 PM

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has called on local residents to email him a picture of the worst pothole in their area. Tim plans to give all the pictures to the county council and demand that they fix our roads!South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed the news that the County Council has been boosted with an extra £4.85 million of funding from the Department for Transport.

Tim, who has been fighting for more cash to fill potholes, welcomed the Government's response that they will release £4.85m for the county to do just that. Around 91,000 potholes in Cumbria will be filled in the coming months-providing relief to frustrated motorists anxious about damage to their cars from the bothersome holes. Tim had be lobbying for Cumbria to be given a decent slice of the cash.

The County Council will also publish quarterly updates on how many of the potholes have been filled.

The average cost of a repairing a pothole only costs £50. In 2012, Tim helped secure an extra £5.9 million of roads investment for Cumbria from government over the next two years. Cumbria will be given £3.89 million in 2013/14 and £2.082 million in 2014/15. This is in addition to the current funding the council receives. This new funding will be additional to that.

Tim said: "I have been champing at the bit to get this extra funding secured. Potholes are an aggravation to drivers-and can cause damage to cars, and even lead to accidents.

"I'm delighted that the Government have responded to my concerns-as part of the biggest investment in roads since the 1970s.

"Now that the County Council has secured this funding, I would really urge them to spend it and get those potholes filled."