Roads in Barnstaple, Bideford and Torrington named as part of £1.9million resurfacing and patching programme to take place before end of April

Devon County Council has announced which roads which will be repaired as part of a £1.9million pothole repair programme.

More than 200 repair schemes will be undertaken on approximately 75 miles of Devon’s roads before the end of April.

The repairs will be paid for using money from the Government’s Pothole Action Fund. Last week, the Department for Transport announced that Devon will receive £3.192million from the same funding in the next financial year.

In North Devon and Torridge, patching will be carried out in a number of locations, including in Belvoir Road and Lime Grove in Bideford; Four Ways Drive in Chulmleigh; Hilltop Road in Northam; and Stonemoor Cross in Torrington.

Funding is available to repair hundreds of potholes in Devon. Picture: Simon HornFunding is available to repair hundreds of potholes in Devon. Picture: Simon Horn

Resurfacing and other surface treatments will also be carried out in West Down; Allenstyle Gardens in Yelland; Castle Hill in Ilfracombe; Longlands Lane in Georgeham; and Merrylees Drive in Barnstaple.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, the county’s cabinet member for highway management, said: “This programme of work has been drawn up with the help of county councillors, who have discussed the schemes with local highways officers so that priority sites are targeted in each area.

“We appreciate having this additional investment from the Government and we’re ensuring it is used as efficiently as possibly to have the biggest impact.

“However, when you consider we have 8,000 miles of roads, the largest highway network of any authority in the country, we can only achieve so much with this funding.”

Devon’s £1,952,000 share of the Pothole Action Fund is in addition to £38m capital settlement for road maintenance which the county council received from the Department for Transport for 2016/17.

However, approximately only £23m of the £38m is available to spend on roads as the funding also has to pay for maintenance of street lighting, traffic signals, bridge repairs, drainage, safety barriers and public rights of way.

The council said this leaves an annual shortfall of around £55m needed to maintain Devon’s road network.

Click here to see the full list of Pothole Action Fund schemes.