A BARNSLEY MP has criticised the government for the ‘significant reduction’ in funding for repairing roads across the town.

Barnsley East MP Stephanie Peacock said there’s widespread concern across South Yorkshire about the number of potholes motorists encounter, risking expensive damage, and in the worst cases, car accidents.

Recent figures show that between 2020 and 2023, funding made available by the government for filling in potholes has plummeted by 24 per cent.

Ms Peacock said: “It is unacceptable that road users across the country are suffering due to the poor decisions made by consecutive Conservative governments.

“The amount of potholes that local road users encounter is a real concern, and it is irresponsible of the government to put people at risk by reducing the funding available to fix this.

“The Shadow Transport Secretary is right: the Prime Minister is a fake friend of motorists, with our roads in disrepair and petrol prices in Barnsley sky high, the government must do more to reduce this unacceptable burden on motorists.

“The Labour Party have a plan for drivers to combat the high prices that motorists are subjected to, including cracking down on petrol price premiums faced by communities, and stopping insurance companies from charging unfair prices.”