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Transport Minister welcomes pothole funding

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill visited Service Metals along with Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Morley, Andrea Jenkyns. John Kenworthy (right) gives them the tour. (D511D425)

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill visited Service Metals along with Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Morley, Andrea Jenkyns. John Kenworthy (right) gives them the tour. (D511D425)

A government minister has welcomed a major investment that could see nearly 30,000 potholes fixed across the area over the next year.

Transport minister Robert Goodwill, on a visit to Morley, said that the additional £1.6million awarded to Leeds City Council as part of a nationwide scheme would help the local economy “keep improving”.

Mr Goodwill said: “There are some very good councils around the country and I know that Leeds is at the forefront of those who spend their money well.

“What we cannot have is an economy which is affected by a gridlock on the road network and this is part of our tripling of the roads budget.”

The extra funding is part of a £168million investment into council road budgets. As part of the conditions for receiving the funding, councils must spend the money before the end of March 2015 and publish regular updates on how they are using it.

Coun Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for transport and the economy, said: “We are pleased that, following a rigorous application progress, our bid for a share of government funding designated pothole repairs has been successful.”

Mr Goodwill also pledged his support for disabled access to be installed at Morley Station, after it missed out on funding for it this financial year.

He added: “Unfortunately we were over-subscribed and Morley didn’t make the cut this time but we are determined to continue investing in stations and continue with the progress we’ve made to date with disabled access.”

 

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