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£140m road maintenance money announced

The government will put an extra £140m into repairing roads hit by bad weather, the transport secretary has said.

Patrick McLoughlin said an extra £36.5m would go to councils for roads most damaged by the weather on top of £43.5m already announced.

Additionally an extra £103.5m will be split between all English councils.

Mr McLoughlin said: “Councils have a responsibility to maintain their roads properly, but the exceptional weather has caused significant additional damage, increasing the amount of damage to the local road network. As the flood waters have receded and councils have been able to assess the impact, it is clear that the these have been particularly severe in certain areas.

“This additional money will be allocated on a formula basis, and will be distributed to the majority of councils in England by the end of this week, to ensure that they can make use of it as soon as possible and complete works before the summer holidays.

“In order to qualify for this extra funding, local authorities will be required to publish information on their websites by the end of August 2014 showing where this money has been spent.”

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