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Following an announcement by the Department for Transport today, it has been confirmed that North Somerset Council will receive a further £788,000 in 2017/18 to support the council’s ongoing commitment to improving the roads across the area.

In 2015, the council pledged to invest £40m in road maintenance and improvement schemes over a five year period. Today’s news confirms the funding that the council will receive from government in the new financial year. In addition to the £3.6m allocated for highways maintenance and £276,000 from the national pothole fund, the council will receive £788,000 from the new National Productivity Investment Fund announced by the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement.

The council is also eligible to apply for a share of the £175m national fund to deliver a road safety scheme on the A371 between Weston-super-Mare and Banwell.

On Monday, Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP will visit North Somerset to see for himself the work the council is doing to improve roads across the area. He will visit a road in Long Ashton where the council will demonstrate with highways contractor Skanska, the technique used for repairing potholes.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, Deputy Leader of North Somerset Council, and also responsible for roads and transport in North Somerset, will accompany the minister during his visit: “I am looking forward to showing the minister the work we are doing to ensure we do all we can to improve the condition of the roads across North Somerset and reduce congestion.

“The condition of roads in North Somerset is comparable with that in other areas across the country, and investing in roads remains high on the agenda for us. This additional investment will help us do more to halt the deterioration caused historically by successive years of under-investment.”

As well as repairing potholes, North Somerset Council takes a ‘whole-life’ proactive approach to roads to make sure that wherever possible preventative work is carried out to extend the life of the road surface before potholes start to form.

Cllr Ap Rees added: “Public demand is to spend money on immediate and reactive repairs but evidence shows that spending money on preventative and structural maintenance is much more cost effective in the long term.

“The more the overall network deteriorates, the more the demand for reactive response gets out of control. This can lead to a vicious circle of prioritising spend on reactive maintenance and making less available for structural and preventative measures.”

In 2016 the council repaired 20,073 potholes as well as laying more than 21,500 square metres of road patching, using a variety of methods – for example, thermal patching recycles the existing surface meaning a typical pothole repair can be completed with just one van and two operators in approximately 20 minutes, minimising disruption for road users.

Information about future planned road repairs, traffic and road improvement schemes as well as public transport and real-time traffic information can all be viewed on the council’s interactive roads map at Residents can also set up email alerts to stay informed about roadworks in their own area. Potholes and other road issues should be reported online at

Press release by North Somerset Council.

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