THE Government is handing Thurrock £250,000 to fill pot holes on the borough's roads.

The Department for Transport reckons road bosses here will be able to fill 4,000 holes with the money.

In March, the Government handed Thurrock £211,000 to repair roads after a wet winter and invited councils across the country to bid for more money.

In total, the DfT is handing out £168million to fix local roads in the UK.

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 county."

The additional funding means that in 2014, Thurrock will have received an extra £470,000 to bring the road network up to scratch.

It had been due to receive £1.6million for road maintenance between 2014/15.