The government is providing a supplementary £140m cash pot to help local councils to pay for repairs to roads, including those damaged in the recent spell of severe weather.
Of that amount, £36.5m is earmarked specifically for roads in flood-affected local authorities in addition to the £43.5m previously made available for this purpose.
The other £103.5m is being made available to all councils across England. The Department for Transport has devised with a formula for deciding how the money will be allocated across England's local authorities.
The money will be distributed to the majority of councils by the end of this week, to ensure that they can make use of it as soon as possible and complete works before the summer holidays.
Heavy rainfall undermines the lower, structural layers of the road creating cracks, fissures and potholes, which are then further eroded by vehicles passing over them.
A statement from the Department for Transport said: "Councils have a responsibility to maintain their roads properly, but the exceptional weather has caused significant additional damage, increasing the amount of damage to the local road network. As the flood waters have receded and councils have been able to assess the impact, it is clear that the these have been particularly severe in certain areas."
In order to qualify for this extra funding, local authorities will be required to publish information on their websites by the end of August 2014 showing where this money has been spent.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "Having the right infrastructure in place to support businesses and hardworking people is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan. This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and local residents who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys."
The Department for Transport (DfT) says it has allocated more than £1 billion to local authorities for local highways maintenance in the 2013-14 financial year.
The news comes as an investigation by The Telegraph suggests the number of motorists claiming compensation from their local authorities for pothole damage rose dramatically in 2013. The newspaper's figures show that 39,249 people made compensation claims for either injury or vehicle damage last year compared with 25,977 in 2012.
A recent study by extended warranty provider Warranty Direct found that claims for axle and suspension failure ? a common effect of potholes ? costs British motorists an estimated £2.8bn every year. The study found that the average cost for a council to repair a single pothole is about £50, while the average size of the repair bill for pothole-induced axle or suspension damage is £247.
Motorists can make a compensation claim against local authorities for damage caused by roads providing it can be proved that the council in question was aware of the pothole. Road damage can be reported via the government, www.gov.uk/report-pothole, or via the relevant local authority website.
Mazda is predicting a lighter, more agile and more frugal replacement for the next-generation Mazda 2 supermini, based on the Hazumi concept shown at the Geneva motor show.
The new Mazda 2 is all-new and based on a downsized version of the Mazda 3/Mazda 6 ?Skyactiv? platform, modified with a lower-cost twist-beam rear axle.
The concept was shown with a 1.5-litre diesel, which will appeal to fleet buyers, but the key engine is the 1.5-petrol, which will sell to private buyers.
Its design was a collaborative effort led by Japan, but with input from studios in Germany and California.
The dominant theme is prominent wheel arches and distinctive folds and creases in the sheet metal, as used on the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6, under Mazda?s Kodo design language
Mazda also expects the new 2 to lift sales across Europe, which are recovering back to pre-economic crisis levels.
The latest sales figures suggest that in the past 12 months Mazda has sold 160,000 units, a significant improvement on the 126,000 sold in the same period last year.
?We are continuing to concentrate on recovery and building up sales of our core models,? says Phil Waring, Mazda Europe boss.
UK sales of the Mazda 2 particularly need a boost after falling back from a peak of around 14,000 just after launch to around 9000 now.
The Mazda 2 is expected to go on sale in the UK in spring next year, a little later than expected after the launch dates in the UK and mainland Europe were aligned.
The Geneva motor show has given us a glimpse of what the coming months has in store for car fans. From a brand new Renault Twingo, to the stunning Maserati Alfieri concept and on to the Lamborghini Huracán and Audi TT.
While those cars continue to make headlines, Geneva is also home to an eclectic collection of concept cars and production models which, by themselves, don't make the front page. Here's Autocar's pick of the weird and wonderful cars at the Geneva motor show.
The Biofore Concept aims to show how renewable materials could eventually take over from metals and plastics as the main materials for building cars. Built by students at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, the Biofore is made from biocomposite and thermoformable wood and runs on wood-friendly diesel.
Bugatti's 'Lang Lang' special-edition Veyron is inspired by the Chinese concert pianist of the same name. The special, which runs seperately to Bugatti's Legends series, gets new black and white bodywork, new alloy wheel designs as well as gold-plated badges.
The production version of Citroën's C4 Cactus will face off against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf when it goes on sale in the UK in October, priced from around £13,000. Citroën used the Geneva motor show to explore how customers could customise the Cactus, revealing the new C4 Cactus Adventure concept. The Adventure gets new off-road-inspired styling as well as a custom roof box.
One of the more extreme design concepts at the show was the Edag Genesis. Rather than showing a complete car, the Genesis is designed to demonstrate a new car-making process which could potentially save the industry vast sums of money. Styled to look like the shell of a tortoise, the Genesis is made by a new process known as additive manufacturing.
The Quant e-Sportlimousine shows a new advanced battery storage technology, which its makers say performs five times better than current lithium-ion batteries. The 5.35m-long concept is powered by four electric motors, with reports suggesting up to 912bhp is available in total, alongside a 0-62mph sprint time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 236mph.
Lamborghini already has plenty to talk about on its Geneva stand, thanks to the launch of the new Huracán. The Italian supercar builder also showed customers its extensive list of personalisation options, by revealing a heavily modified version of the Aventador.
Some of the cars on display we've seen before, like the BMW Gran Lusso Coupé concept. Revealed in Italy last year, the Gran Lusso aims to show how a new BMW 8-series might look. The four-seat coupé is based on the same platform as the BMW 7-series, with power supplied by a 6.0-litre turbocharged V12 engine with 537bhp.
Cadillac's Emiraj concept was unveiled in Pebble Beach last year, and shows how the brand's styling will evolve in the coming years. With a streamlined design and a rear-wheel-drive layout, the Emiraj gets a prototype chassis and structure plus a luxurious interior featuring titanium, wood and leather trim. Elsewhere, the concept gets 22-inch aluminium wheels with ceramic disc brakes and monoblock brake calipers.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race will take place in June, with new competitors joining the field including the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. Powered by a 5.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine with just under 500bhp, the C7.R weighs in at 1245kg.
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