Alex Chalk welcomes £8m in the Budget to fight Cheltenham’s “winter pothole plague”

Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk has welcomed the award of an additional £7.9million for winter road repairs in Gloucestershire as an “early Christmas present”.

The funding is part of an extra £420million of new money for local highways maintenance across the country, described by the DfT as “the biggest single cash injection ever to improve England’s roads”.

Alex Chalk said: “This £8million injection from the Government will be a major boost in the fight against the winter pothole plague. I recently met the Area Highways Manager to press for more resurfacing in our town.  Things are improving but there’s so much more that needs to be done.”

“I’m encouraged by the renewed focus on improving Cheltenham’s roads.  We’ve recently seen sections of Cirencester Road, Bath Road/High Street, Tewkesbury Road, Arle Road, the Kingsditch Roundabout, London Road and others resurfaced.

“Roads including St James' Square, Montpellier Terrace, Hales Road, Montpellier Parade and Shurdington Road are already in the programme for resurfacing in this financial year.  The Government’s £8million boost will support the council to bring more schemes forward.”