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York drivers welcome investment to make roads safer

Drivers in York have welcomed a £1m investment from the Department of Transport into maintaining roads and fixing potholes in the city.

This investment, announced on 12 November, will be used to make “hazardous” roads safer for cyclists and drivers.

City of York Council repairs 6,000 potholes every year.

Deputy leader of City of York council Andrew Waller said: “This welcome additional funding will help our council crew to deliver extra work for longer lasting repairs which are essential as we are preparing for winter conditions.”

This money will be used to maintain roads and invest even further into road network, the roads that need the most work across York will be prioritised.

The people’s view

Nicole Braxton who is an NHS worker in York said: “The funding to try and mend the roads in York is 100% needed, too much of my time is spent avoiding potholes whilst driving so they don’t damage my wheels and something that should have been done a while ago, very glad to hear this problem will be solved.”

Nicole said the worst pothole that she knows of  is by the Designer Outlet.

Malcolm Jones, an asset manager also welcomed the news:

“Over the winter period there seems to be more and more potholes cropping up, I have had to fork out on damages to my car around three times because of potholes so I’m glad something is being done about it.”

But student George Fingleton thinks the money could be better spent elsewhere:

“I don’t think the potholes are that bad in York to warrant a million pound investment compared to other places around the UK. I think the money could be spent on reducing the traffic in some capacity in the City Centre, any investment there will help what is a dire situation.”