Extreme winter weather and flooding in early 2014 accelerated the need to repair local roads as potholes blighted drivers journeys and became a danger for cyclists.
Achievements to date:
Alok welcomed the news in March 2014 that the Department for Transport would be providing an additional £151,947 to Reading Borough Council and an extra £1,489,480 to West Berkshire Council as part of a £183.5 million emergency fund made available to help repair local roads damaged by severe weather. This funding was allocated using a formula based on road length, with extra money made available specifically for roads in flood-affected local authorities.
In June 2014, the Government allocated an additional £163,833 in Reading Borough and £798,707 in West Berkshire on top of the annual roads budget to tackle thousands of potholes across Reading West.
Alok carried out a survey in 2014 across all homes in Reading West and raised any concerns residents had about potholes with the relevant council.
In December 2014 the Government announced that a record £6 billion will be spent on tackling potholes and improving local roads between 2015 and 2021. Reading Borough Council will receive £7,685,000 over this period while West Berkshire Council will receive £22,520,000.
April 2016 - West Berkshire Council has been awarded £217,000 from the Pothole Action Fund, to fix an estimated 4,094 potholes, while Reading Borough Council will receive an additional £60,000, to fix an estimated 1,132 potholes over the next 12 months.
Alok will continue to assist constituents who raise concerns about potholes and press the relevant council when work needs to be carried out.
“Poorly maintained local roads, blighted by potholes, are a menace to all road users so it is vital we have good quality roads. The Government has already taken strong action by spending £1 billion more on local roads maintenance than was spent in the previous parliament. This huge investment is part of the Government’s long term economic plan to ensure we have a transport network fit for the 21st century. If any of my constituents have concerns about any specific roads which are still in need of repair I will be happy to raise this with the council on their behalf.”