Extra £10 million to help Scottish councils fix roads after tough winter

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Scottish councils will be given an extra £10 million to carry out additional repairs to road surfaces after a particularly harsh and prolonged winter.

Late February saw the issuing of Scotland’s first-ever red alert for snow from the Met Office, while thousands of motorists were forced to sleep in their cars overnight on the M80 following heavy snowfall.

Finance secretary Derek Mackay has announced that all 32 local authorities in Scotland can expect to receive a portion of the additional £10 million.

Details of how the money is to be distributed has yet to be agreed by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).  

Mr Mackay said Scotland had experienced unprecedented levels of extreme weather in recent months.

“The severe weather led to local authorities incurring unexpected additional costs to their maintenance budgets, and simultaneously caused more damage to Scotland’s road network,” he commented.

The finance secretary went on explain that by assisting councils to keep Scotland’s road networks safe and efficient, they were improving conditions for road users, extending the lifespan of the network and benefiting the overall economy.

A spokesperson for COSLA commended local authorities for working tirelessly to ensure the safety of their communities, clearing roads and pavements and making sure essential services reached the most vulnerable.

Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, added: “It is great news that the Scottish government has acknowledged the impact on councils by dishing out extra funding, but the financial toll is sure to continue to be felt for some time.”