West Midlands to get £85m to fix potholes

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The West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority will get a total of £85,055,000 to tackle its potholes.

 In the West Midlands region, the funds include the following local authorities:

  1. Coventry
  2. Dudley
  3. Sandwell
  4. Solihul
  5. Walsall
  6. Wolverhampton.

This is a part of the total £6 billion funds of announced today by the Department for Transport (DfT) for improving local roads between 2015 to 2021. It aims to help English local authorities fix 18 million potholes with these funds.

Over £4.7bn will be shared between 115 councils, while a further £575m will be available through a challenge fund for maintaining infrastructure such as junctions, bridges and street lighting.

Birmingham City Council is not included for these funds as:

“highways maintenance for this authority is provided through a Highways Maintenance Private Finance Initiative “

An interactive map on the DfT website gives more details of funds in each region.

Birmingham one of the worst in the country for car crimes

Figures from the West Midlands Police show Birmingham is the 7th in a list of worst cities in the country for car crimes.

The data was released this morning by HONESTJOHN.CO.UK as a part of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request they filed with 42 police forces in the country.

Between October 2011 and September 2012, around 313 offences per 10,000 vehicles were reported in Central Birmingham. The national average is 121 offences per 10,000 vehicles.

Car crime hotspots in Birmingham

The city centre area of Birmingham is one of the hotspots for car break ins and other crimes with 1800 offences per 10,000 cars.

The West Midlands has a large number of car crime areas including Birmingham, Dudley and Wolverhampton. Central Coventry also has quite high crime rate with 434 offences recorded in its city centre.

Nationally, Manchester has the highest car crime rates, with figures at 505 crimes per 10,000 vehicles.

More details on the types of offences recorded, statistics from more than 40 police forces in the country are available on the HONEST JOHN crime segment

Soon to follow: Audio interview with David Ross, new cars editor, HONESTJOHN.CO.UK