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PS12m pot to fill 230,000 holes; Midland councils awarded share of PS170m for road repairs.

Byline: Neil Elkes Political Reporter neil.elkes@trinitymirror.com

A DEEP PROBLEM Solihull: PS337,799 Potential number of potholes xed: 6,000 Walsall: PS448,614 Potential number of potholes xed: 8,000 Wolverhampton PS501,599 Potential number of potholes xed: 9,000 Sandwell PS537,587 Potential number of potholes xed: 10,000 Dudley PS567,127 Potential number of potholes xed: 10,000 Coventry PS435,995 Potential number of potholes xed: 8,000 Staordshire PS4,578,155 Potential number of potholes xed: 86,000 Warwickshire PS1,708,201 Potential number of potholes xed: 32,000 Worcestershire PS3,343,338 Potential number of potholes xed: 63,000 A TOTAL of 230,000 potholes across the West Midlands could be lled after the region was handed almost PS12.5 million to patch up broken roads.

Local authorities were awarded a share of a national PS168 million cash pool and must make repairs by next March.

Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Dudley and Solihull received sums of between PS337,000 and PS537,000.

e counties, including Staordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire, were given much bigger grants as they have larger networks to maintain. Only Birmingham, the largest local authority, did not receive any cash as pothole repairs are included in the city's highways contract with Amey.

e money must be used to repair potholes or ensure they do not appear in the rst place.

Councils will also have to publish updates on works every three months so residents can see how repairs are progressing.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.

"But it is only one part of a massive programme of investment to get our country up to speed as part of this government's long term economic plan.

"By building, repairing and renewing our key infrastructure we will ensure the future growth of this country."

e PS168 million was announced by Chancellor George Osborne in March's Budget. It is on top of the PS185 million made available the same month to repair roads damaged by severe weather.

'"Potholes are the bane of all our lives PATRICK MCLOUGHLIN

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Prime Minister David Cameron gets |a close-up look at the pothole problem with pothole campaigner Roy Plumb (centre) and Anna Soubry MP
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