Extra funding for Cornwall for flood resilience and to combat potholes welcomed by Steve Double MP

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay has welcomed £1,293m additional funding for Cornwall from the government for flood resilience and to combat potholes.

Earlier this week the Department for Transport announced the allocation of an extra £50 million for councils for potholes and flood resilience as well as £151 million to reward examples of councils’ best practice – funding that could resurface more than 1,000 miles of road.

These funds come from the £6.6 billion the government is providing in the 6 years to 2021 to improve local roads.

This investment is on top of the £725 million local authorities will receive in 2019/20, based on the infrastructure they maintain, including length of roads, number of bridges and street lights.

Commenting, Steve said:

“This extra funding from the Government on top of the money already allocated is great news. If spent on potholes alone, it could fill 24,396 of these highway menaces.”

“I look forward to seeing the money used to better maintain our highway network in Cornwall and will continue to do all I can to ensure we get our fair share of money from the Government.”