Roads at risk as Government slashes Cumbria County Council’s funding

Government funding to repair damaged roads in Cumbria has dropped by a quarter for the coming year.

The County Councils Network said the reduction in funding across England means councils will ‘have no choice’ but to cancel planned road maintenance projects.

Cumbria County Council will receive £33.8 million to maintain roads in 2021-22, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

That is £10.5 million less than the £44.3 million provided in the current financial year – a reduction of 24 per cent.

Across England, road maintenance funding has been cut by £400 million for the coming year, with £1.1 billion to be handed out to councils and combined authorities.

The funding includes £500 million to repair potholes, with £15 million going to Cumbria County Council as part of its allocation.

The DfT estimates the money for Cumbria could repair 301,000 potholes.