Can £2.2m cash boost help blast county’s potholes? Not quite...

Ringway workers Colin Price and Jez Harris spent a morning with the Gazette demonstrating pothole repairs
Ringway workers Colin Price and Jez Harris spent a morning with the Gazette demonstrating pothole repairs

Hertfordshire’s pothole problem could be soon be improved thanks to a government grant, but the cash boost won’t completely eradicate our troublesome craters.

The county council discovered on Friday that it had been successful in its bid for a share of a £168million national pothole repair fund offered by central government.

However, the £2.2million cash injection offered will only go some way to rectifying the estimated £8.5million of damage to roads and bridges across the county, caused by bad weather over the last winter.

Cabinet member for highways at Herts County Council Terry Douris said: “After some very cold winters we were hoping for some respite for our roads, but the wet weather really took its toll.

“The heavy rain between December and February has had an ongoing impact on the number of potholes forming. I’m pleased that the government responded to our call for more money, although it won’t on its own enable us to repair all the identified damage.”

A continued source of frustration for road users in Dacorum is the cavernous junction between Queensway and Great Road, which has been identified as a danger zone by motorists and cyclists in the borough alike.

Driver Steve Day took matters into his own hands by approaching the county council’s deputy director for transport and environment management, Rob Smith, directly.

Mr Day also set up a Facebook poll asking fellow Dacorum dwellers whether they thought the pesky patch of road needed repairing – with more than 40 responders saying that they did.

Mr Smith advised the motorist that Queensway has been included as part of the county’s winter recovery programme and is earmarked for resurfacing in autumn.

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Earlier in the year, the county was granted £3.7million of extra funding from the government to help repair flood-related damage.

A council spokesman said: “Working in partnership with our highways contractor Ringway, we’ve already made good use of some of this money through emergency resurfacing work, making sinkholes safe and urgent repairs to burst drains and work is well in-hand to make good use of the rest.”