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July–August 2014

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Brookes back at Putoline

Steve Brookes has re-joined Putoline Distribution

as area sales manager for the northwest of England.

Brookes previously spent eight years with the

distributor, covering a much of the same area.

Putoline UK sales manager Gary Sidaway said: “We are

delighted to have Steve back on board. His knowledge

and skills will complement our sales team and company

and will help to strengthen our market position even

further.” Brookes can be contacted on 07891 583432

or on


New IHE guidelines

Road Safety GB reports that The Institute of Highway

Engineers (IHE) has launched a revised version of

its motorcycling guidelines on a new website. The

guidelines set out practical guidance for transportation

professionals on providing a safer environment for

motorcycles, mopeds and scooters.The new website was

sponsored by the IHE, Motorcycle Industry Association

(MCIA), DfT and IAM. Visit the website at:

Extra money for pothole repairs

Government commits £168m to council road


The government has outlined plans to help fill more than

three million potholes as part of a major investment in the

country’s local and major roads. Councils across England

have been allocated £168m of funding from a dedicated

Pothole Repair Fund. As a condition of receiving the money,

local authorities are required to publish quarterly progress

updates on how many potholes have been repaired.

Parliament is now considering legislation that will

transform the Highways Agency into a government-owned

company backed by locked-in funding. A further £7.4bn has

been committed to local roads in the next Parliament, along

with funding from the £12bn Local Growth Fund.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said; “Potholes

are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced

today is an important step in ridding our roads of this

menace. But it is only one part of a massive programme

of investment to get our country up to speed as part of

this Government’s long term economic plan. By building,

repairing and renewing our key infrastructure we will ensure

the future growth and prosperity of this country.”

Today’s announcement follows a competition in which

councils were invited to apply for a share of the £168m,

which includes £10m being available for London. All repair

works have to be completed by end of March 2015.

For a map illustrating the areas allocated with funding,


The wet winter caused pothole havoc across the UK