Hole lot of money.

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Today is National Pothole Day – and we’ve certainly got our fair share of those in this region.

The West of England Mayor, Dan Norris is pledging £125 million to tackle potholes and improve local roads.  

And with the government having slashed road repair cash, he’s stepping in with a £10 million top-up. 

The money will be handed over to Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils over the next five years. 

Potholes are a major danger for cyclists, a survey last year showed 21 per-cent have been involved in an accident because of a pothole. The RAC also estimates that up to 1 in 3 drivers have suffered damage to their car because of potholes, with West of England drivers spending over a million pounds a year in repairs. 

West of England Mayor Dan Norris said:  

“While a pothole might result in an expensive visit to the garage while driving, for someone cycling a hospital visit could be very likely. The state of our roads matters. Potholes are incredibly dangerous for cyclists, and they give you a nasty jolt if you’re on the bus.  

“The Government have reduced funding and left their very own big hole. I’m pleased that will should be able to avoid that bump in the road with the cash I’m proposing to spend to make our roads safer.”