£3million to repair county’s roads

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Nearly £3million is being injected into council coffers to help repair the county’s crumbling roads.

Derbyshire County Council has received the £2,946,577 boost from central Government after the wettest winter on record led to a sharp rise in potholes.

However highways bosses say the funding might not be enough to fix all the area’s damaged routes.

Transport secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin commented: “This extra money will help make a real difference to the thousands of drivers and residents across Derbyshire who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”

But Councillor Dean Collins, the county council’s deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “Any extra money is, of course, to be welcomed, but it is unlikely to be enough to mend all the roads that have been damaged by the weather this winter.

“We’ve already got our road workers working extra hours to fix the backlog of potholes over 3,000 miles of Derbyshire roads.”