But Government funding will only cover some of the county’s repair bill.

DEVON County Council has received almost £7 million Department for Transport funding to help tackle potholes on the county’s roads.

The number of potholes reported in Devon has increased from 2,000 in December, to 7,500 in January, and a further 7,900 in February.

The county council said there were currently 34 pothole teams – almost triple the usual number – repairing around 500 potholes a day.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management and Flood Prevention, said the money would help repair ‘some’ of the damage.

“This money will go some way towards covering the cost of some of the damage, but even with this extra funding it will still take time to carry out the sheer volume of work that is needed,” he said.