Labour pledges £300m to repair potholes if it wins the election

If the British public votes Labour into power on May 7, the party promises to repair 24m potholes, setting aside £300m for the work

Labour is pledging to repair 24 million potholes if it is elected into power on May 7, with a dedicated fund of £300m to undertake works.

The Birmingham Mail reports that a Labour government plans to deal with the growing crisis on our roads, which endangers all road users and can cause substantial damage to both cars and bikes.

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The Department for Transport estimates the average cost of repairing a pothole is £53, with the £300m being used to fix six million potholes, reportedly bringing the total to 24m over five years.

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Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, Michael Dugher, said: “Under David Cameron, our local roads have been totally neglected and have been allowed to deteriorate to a desperate state of disrepair. This is costing motorists and is a danger to all road users, including cyclists.

“Hard-pressed road users have quite rightly had enough of having their vehicles and bikes damaged because of Britain’s pothole crisis.”

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He added: “The Tories and Lib Dems have set out plans that will see spending on our local roads fall over the next Parliament.

“Labour has a better plan to fix PotholeBritain – we will boost spending on local roads over the next five years. The extra investment, which is fully funded, will mean we’ll be able to fill in six million extra potholes.”