An announcement by Chancellor Philip Hammond of the Department of Transport indicates that Dorset is going to receive £6 million to fix its roads ahead of the coming winter. This statement comes as part of a budget reading that allocates a significant funding boost to the provision for highway maintenance in the south west region.
The total amount assigned to Dorset is £6,165,000 out of a total of over £71 million allocated to the South West in this endeavour.
A cabinet member for the natural and built environment at Dorset County Council, Councillor Daryl Turner, said: “This investment by Central Government for Dorset will benefit nearly every resident by investing in road repairs, safety, bus priority or walking and cycling schemes.
“Our road network is also the lifeline for Dorset’s businesses which rely on good quality transport links, so this money is very much welcome.”
This additional funding comes after the county was hit by damage caused by Storm Emma and The Beast from the East earlier this year. Dorset has additional expenses up to £1.4m besides the £10m that was originally approved for road maintenance in the county.
The Department for Transport had also allocated additional funding of almost £2.25m to Dorset County Council from its Pothole Action Fund.
According to Roads Minister Jesse Noman, “Potholes are a huge problem for all road users, and too often we see issues occurring at the same place time after time.”