The government is providing an extra £25.6 million to help maintain and repair roads in north Yorkshire.
The funding will ensure rural roads can benefit from resurfacing work over the next five years. The money is being given to North Yorkshire County Council to spend where it is needed most.
A further £1.6m was announced in the Budget for north Yorkshire to repair over 30,000 potholes. This is in addition to a £24m roads funding boost announced by Chancellor George Osborne on Wednesday (16 March).
In recognition of the impact of the winter storms on the region the county will also receive an extra £4.3m flood recovery money from the DfT – taking the total given to Yorkshire and the Humber by the government to more than £36m.
Transport Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said: “We are determined to build a Northern Powerhouse and investing an extra £25.6m in north Yorkshire’s roads will help cut delays and boost the local economy.
“This funding will allow the council to carry out extra maintenance work and help prevent potholes from forming, keeping roads fit for the future.”
The £24m is being delivered under the Local Growth Fund – a £12 billion fund to support a variety of projects including transport schemes, new housing and improving education. North Yorkshire County Council successfully bid for the extra money to maintain roads in the area.
This funding is in addition to over £125m of Department for Transport funding that North Yorkshire County Council will be receiving to help repair roads, fix potholes, maintain bridges and improve street lights over the next five years up to 2021.
Roads linking surrounding villages to the towns of Catterick, Harrogate, Malton, Northallerton, Scarborough, Selby, Skipton, Thirsk are all set to benefit.