Stephen Williams welcomes Coalition funding to fix thousands of potholes in Bristol West

As many as 8,000 potholes will be fixed in Bristol over the next year thanks to Liberal Democrats' pressure in government.

The funding is part of a nationwide scheme which sees councils across England allocated £168 million to repair potholes. The money will help fix more than three million potholes across the country and is part of the largest investment in the roads since the 1970s.

A total of £434,819 has been allocated by the Coalition to the area in order to improve the surfaces of roads and fill in potholes. Bristol City Council will also have to publish reports on the number of potholes repaired as a condition of receiving the money.

This is the latest in a series of announcements that will see more than £24 billion spent on England's strategic road network between 2010 and 2021. Parliament is also considering turning the Highways Agency into a government-owned company backed by locked-in funding.

This change will eliminate the uncertain 'stop-start' funding of the past and save the taxpayer at least £2.6 billion over the next decade.

Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West, said:

"Here in Bristol, potholes are the bane of all our lives. This funding will be vital in making much-needed improvements to road surfaces across the city.

"I fully expect the funding, secured by Liberal Democrats in government, to make a real difference to businesses as well as the journeys of commuters and families in the area."

Liberal Democrat Transport Minister Susan Kramer added:

"Potholes are a major form of distress for many motorists especially ones that seemingly need refilling every few months.

"That is why I am so pleased that we have announced that more than three million potholes are to be filled.

"Investing in our vital road network helps to build a stronger economy for all of us."