16th January 2017
By Anne North
The government is giving Cornwall nearly £26 million to help repair the county’s roads – but the cash is not expected to go very far.
Cornwall’s £25.9 million is part of a £1.2 billion package announced by the Department for Transport for the whole country.
Councils now have to submit proposals for the most urgent repairs. In Cornwall this is the A30 between Penzance and St Just, and between Quintrell Downs and Summercourt. Many minor roads will not see a penny of the additional funding. Cornwall Council says the true scale of the problem is more than £237 million. The element of funding directed specifically to repairing potholes is only £1.8 million.
To put the government announcement into context, the £1.2 billion includes only £75 million, for all English councils, to bid for if they are to repair and maintain local infrastructure such as bridges, street lighting and rural roads.
Where the £1.2 billion is to be spent
Transport minister Andrew Jones said: "Roads play a significant part in everyday life linking people with jobs and businesses with customers, which is why this government is investing record amounts improving and maintaining highways across the country to help motorists.
"The funding we have allocated today is focused on relieving congestion and providing important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future – helping to build an economy that works for everyone."
Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton told reporters: "The state of our roads is consistently raised with me by local residents and remains a great source of frustration for drivers and bus passengers alike.
"I am pleased that Cornwall Council will receive £25,960,000 in 2017/2018 for road maintenance. This includes £1,847,000 funding for repairing potholes. It builds on the £1,267,000 we got last year for potholes. This is good news for families and businesses in Cornwall who rely on our roads to get around and is part of our plan, delivering investment in local infrastructure, building a Britain that works for local people and businesses here and around the country.”
Cornwall Council urges people to report potholes and other roads issues via its website: https://secure.cornwall.gov.uk/selfservice/citizenportal/form.aspx?form=Report_a_highway_or_countryside_issue&tmpl=Report_a_Highways_Issue
To report urgent or hazardous defects call Highways Emergencies on 0300 1234 222 which is operational 24/7.