Armstrong receives confirmation over pothole money

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has received confirmation the bulk of a £5 million pot is to be spent to repair potholes here.

The confirmation from the Department for Infrastructure came in a letter by Permanent Secretary Peter May laying out how £17.4 million it received in December’s Monitoring Round would be spent. Out of £5 million earmarked for structural reform, money will be ‘directed primarily towards resurfacing on the local road network’.

Further money will go to Translink to address the company’s deficit and bus purchases, while the rest will pay for vehicles used for winter service.

“This news will come as a great relief to many, particularly given only last week it was revealed almost £500,000 had been paid out by the Department in compensation to drivers of vehicles damaged by potholes in the past two years,” said the Strangford MLA.

“Potholes represent a real danger to motorists and their vehicles, especially given recent snowfall and subsequent flooding, as well as cyclists and pedestrians. I hope this money goes someway to preventing further damage and stops potential injuries.

“This money will be spent before the end of March and I have already seen it start to take effect in my own constituency, with roads along the Ards Peninsula seeing the impact. I am pleased the Department has finally listened to the public outcry and are recognising the seriousness of this situation.”

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