Roads Minister Baroness Vere has announced that 32 local authorities will receive investment for essential repair works via the Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund. This includes over £4 million for crucial repairs to the New Elvet Bridge in Durham along with £3.7 million to help refurbish several steel bridges around Northumberland and also includes projects across Cambridge and Peterborough, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire and East Yorkshire.
Government is also boosting transport research through a further £900,000 investment. One of the projects to receive funding will see the development of a new AI-powered app to detect potholes in real-time, using mobile phone sensors to measure when cyclists ride over or swerve to avoid them. It is hoped the app will help local authorities to quickly identify when potholes are forming and take quicker action to fill them.
Another project known as Shape-Pot will create 3D pothole models to create a fully autonomous repair platform capable of automatic, uniform repairs.
Roads Minister Baroness Vere concluded “There is nothing more frustrating than a journey delayed by poor road conditions, and this multi-million pound boost will help improve connectivity across the country. This investment will not only help local areas to target current pinch points on their roads, but will also harness our world-leading research and innovation capabilities to future proof the next generation of journeys.”