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£5.8 Million Boost to Repair Dorset's Battered Roads

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7:50am 21st March 2014
(Updated 5:12pm 21st March 2014)

Dorset's storm ravaged roads are to benefit from a major cash injection.

The Government has just announced that the County Council is to get £5.8m to spend on fixing pot holes and repairing road surfaces.

The exceptional payment is on top of any funding that's already been announced and will be used to make repairs to roads which have been damaged by the wettest winter on record.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

"Damage to roads causes misery for drivers and local communities and the severe weather over the last few months has made the problem worse. This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and residents across England who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys."

All local highway authorities will be required to publish information on their websites showing how and where the money will be spent.

Cllr Spencer Flower, Leader of the county council, said:

"We are pleased that the amount of damage the county received over the past few months has been recognised. But this money is only part of the funding we need to repair all the storm-damaged roads.

"An intense programme of works will be planned to make sure this money is spent by the Government’s deadline of the summer holidays. The plan will look at carrying out repairs in the most efficient way, but balanced with causing the least disruption to local residents.

"This is going to be a busy few months with many major roads across the county needing attention.”

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