I am disappointed to have received so many complaints regarding potholes and road maintenance since the turn of the year. I wrote to Cumberland Council at the end of January to raise my concerns and ask for a copy of their inspection, maintenance and repair schedule. I am awaiting their response.

In the meantime, I would point out that the Government recently awarded Cumberland Council £1,949,000 for 23/24 to fix potholes and road repairs. This was made possible from reallocated HS2 funding.

Additionally, a further £3,005,600 was announced for Cumberland by the Government in the Spring Budget 2023 to be used to fix potholes. The 23/24 increase in funding available for roads and repairs has been 30%. The total indicative additional funding for 23/24 to 33/34 is £130,180,000.

I know how frustrating potholes can be. They are blighting our roads and streets.

Cumberland Council do not appear to be using this money for what it is intended. That is not right and where money has been paid to the local authority or contractor, it should be used to repair ‘pothole’ afflicted roads that are in a poor state of repair.

You will see that my survey is about potholes and road maintenance so please take part and help me evidence where there are potholes or roads in need of maintenance, that the awarded funding could or should be used for.

You might also be interested to know that the Government are asking all authorities to publish on their websites:

  • by 15 March 2024 a summary of the additional resurfacing work they will deliver with the new funding over the next 2 years;
  • thereafter quarterly reports, with the first by the end of June 2024, summarising the additional work they have done and listing the
    roads that they have resurfaced; and
  • later in 2024/2025 a long term plan for their use of the full 11 year funding and the transformation it will deliver.

    1On a scale of 0 - 10 how good a job do you think Cumberland council is doing maintaining our roads?

    2Have you seen a pothole which is likely to cause risk to motorists and cyclists. If so, where?

    As of 26th February the Government has announced £148m of reallocated HS2 funding for Cumberland. This is a fantastic opportunity to get some shovel ready projects off the ground for Cumberland Council to deliver. So:

    3Do you think improvements should be made to the A595 eg. Passing places?


    4Do you think the A69 should be de-trunked at Warwick Bridge?


    And in the more medium term:

    5Do you think the A69 should be dualled from Carlisle to Newcastle?


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