The MP for Ribble Valley has called for urgent action on Lancashire’s pothole problem.
Nigel Evans MP, who has represented the constituency since 1992, said: “It is no secret that the roads in the Ribble Valley are a shambles, almost every weekend I battle around various parts of the constituency battling the maze of potholes.
“Not only are these a costly nuisance for motorists, they are a major hazard to the considerable number of cyclists in the area – it only takes one pothole to dismount a cyclist.”
Recently, Mr Evans tabled several parliamentary questions on the issue of potholes to the Department for Transport.
The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Jesse Norman, said: “The Government, for the first time, has set up a dedicated fund for potholes.
"This is providing local highway authorities in England, outside London, £296 million between 2016 and 2021, including an extra £46 million announced in the 2017 autumn Budget.”
Nigel Evans also addressed concerns about the effect the current weather will have on the already-deteriorating roads and the action he is taking. He said: “The ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma will only cause further damage to our roads.
"After the extreme weather has ceased, I call on Lancashire County Council to conduct a survey of all Lancashire’s roads to prioritise the worst areas for repair.
"I understand that the Council may not have the appropriate resources available to do this, and so I have also called on the Minister for Local Government, Sajid Javid, to release more funds for Councils to address the chronic problem of potholes.”