Victoria Prentis, Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire, has welcomed new dedicated funding from the Government to fill nearly 1 million potholes across the UK, including £1,036,000 to fill an estimated 19,547 potholes in Oxfordshire.

Local motorists will benefit from the dedicated funding after it was announced that nearly £50 million of funding will be made available to local councils over the next 12 months.  This is part of a wider move to fill 157,282 potholes across the South East, with over 100 councils in England receiving funding.

The funding has been made available to councils as part of the Government’s £250 million Pothole Action Fund included in last month’s budget, which will see over four million potholes fixed by 2020/21, and is part of the Government’s plan to invest in infrastructure to secure a better future for our economy.

Victoria commented, “The state of our roads is often raised with me by local residents and remains a great source of frustration for drivers, myself included. In my own village there are several potholes that I am hoping will be filled now that this scheme has been announced.

This new funding is welcome news for families and businesses in North Oxfordshire who rely on our roads to get around.

I’m glad that the Government is investing both nationally and locally to improve roads across the UK. The rapid increase in population in North Oxfordshire means that there is greater demand than ever before for adequate infrastructure and services to support local communities, and this is certainly a step in the right direction.”