SOMERSET will benefit from a share of £800 million which will be used to repair and improve roads across the county.

Today (Friday, November 17), Transport Secretary Mark Harper has set out the allocations of an £8.3 billion national long-term plan, enough to resurface over 5,000 miles of road across the country over the next 11 years.

It’s one of the key cornerstones of Network North to improve journeys for all.

Highway authorities in the South West, including Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and the West of England Combined Authority, will each receive a share of the £800 million which they can use to identify what local roads are in most need of repair and deliver immediate improvements for communities and residents.

Across the South West, local highway authorities will receive £25.5 million this financial year, followed by a further £25.5 million for 2024/2025, with the rest of the funding allocated through to 2034.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “For too long politicians have shied away from taking the right long-term decisions to make life easier for hardworking families - tackling the scourge of potholes being a prime example.

“Well-maintained road surfaces could save drivers up to £440 each in expensive vehicle repairs, helping motorists keep more of the cash in their pocket.

“This unprecedented £8.3 billion investment will pave the road for better and safer journeys for millions of people across the country and put an end to the blight of nuisance potholes.”

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “Most people travel by road and potholes can cause misery for motorists, from expensive vehicle repairs to bumpy, slow, and dangerous journeys.

“Our £800 million boost to repair roads across the South West shows that we’re on the side of drivers.

“Today’s biggest ever funding uplift for local road improvements is a victory for all road users, who will enjoy smoother, faster, and safer trips - as we use redirected HS2 funding to make the right long-term decisions for a brighter future.”