22 May 2024
Vara calls for use of better materials for repairing potholes

Speaking in Prime Minister’s Questions, Shailesh Vara welcomes the £8million set aside for pothole repairs and calls for a higher standard of quality specification to be used for materials to ensure the repairs last longer.

Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire) (Con)

Q5. I, too, welcome back my hon. Friend the Member for South Thanet (Craig Mackinlay). The £8 billion made available by the Government for the repair of roads and potholes is very welcome; however, some local authorities, such as Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, which serve my constituency, sometimes use inferior material, so the works need to be done again in a few months’ time. That is an issue that applies to many constituencies across the country, so will the Prime Minister use his influence to ensure that there are tough quality specifications, so that the repairs can last much longer? (903005)

The Prime Minister (Rishi Sunak)

I am proud that we have announced an additional £8 billion for roads resurfacing over the next decade—money made available through the reallocation of HS2 funding. That will mean fewer potholes and smoother, safer roads across our country, but I agree with my right hon. Friend that it is of the utmost importance that these repairs are completed with high-quality materials. I join him in calling on Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council to make sure that they deliver that for his residents.