Department for Transport Pothole Action Fund

The Pothole Action Fund was announced in the 2015 Budget and totals £296 million in funding to repair on average over five million potholes. In early 2018/19 the Department for Transport (DfT) allocated £105,000 to us from this funding pot to undertake pothole repairs or carry out preventative measures. In October 2018 the Government announced a further £480 million funding for local highways maintenance. We was allocated £998,000 from this funding pot for road repairs including potholes, bridges and local highways infrastructure.

We are committed to publishing a further statement on its website showing how the money is spent and what methods of treatments were used to carry out the DfTs brief.


The original £105,000 awarded was added to the 2018/19 maintenance programme to allow us to increase both its surface dressing and micro surfacing programmes over and above their original budget allocation. The £50,000 added to the surface dressing allowed for over 12,000 square metres  of extra carriageway to be patched and sealed up on the principal road network so repairing existing and preventing future potholes. £55,000 was added to the existing micro surfacing program which allowed for a further 8,000 square metres of residential unclassified roads to be resurfaced again repairing and preventing further surface failures.

The £998,000 funding allocation was divided up into planned, preventative and reactive maintenance projects as follows. 
The planned capital carriageway maintenance programme was increased by £450,000 to include schemes on residential feeder roads where concrete carriageways had previously been overlaid with a thin surface that had failed, resulting in numerous potholes which did not reach the criteria for reactive maintenance intervention. 


The preventative maintenance programme was increased as follows -

  • £100,000 was allocated to the existing 2019/20 surface dressing programme allowing an increase of 24,000 square​​​​​ metres  of carriageway to be treated on the principal road network. 
  • £100, 000 was allocated to the existing 2019/20 micro surfacing programme allowing an increase of 15,000 square metres of carriageway to be treated on unclassified roads in residential areas.

The reactive maintenance programme was increased as follows - 

  • £150,000 worth of contracts was tendered to carry out thin veneer patch repairs. This resulted in a cost of approximately £32 per square metre and therefore allowing the authority to repair an extra 4600 carriageway defects. This treatment was used across the surface dressing sites for pre patching as well as actionable and non-actionable pothole locations.
  • a further £150,000 contract is being tendered to local contractors to carry out reactive maintenance resulting in a unit cost of approximately £41 per square metre resulting in over 3600 square metres of carriageway and footway defects to be repaired.  
  • finally £50,000 was spent on sealing up concrete carriageway joints or failed areas of reflective cracking in flexible concrete overlays using N2 joint sealant treatment. This is a specific problem in Hull due to the large number of concrete carriageways within the city. 
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