Surrey’s flood-hit roads repair bill has been cut by a third after the Government pledged more than £5m.

It is estimated that repairing damage to roads and bridges from the flooding between Christmas and February will cost Surrey County Council (SCC) a minimum of £15m.

It was confirmed last week that Surrey will now get £5.3m as part of a beefed-up emergency recovery fund to help communities nationwide.

The council is working to repair 2,500 of the worst-hit roads and fixed 18,500 potholes in January and February. Its £15m repair bill includes the replacement of a bridge near Reigate.

David Hodge, leader of SCC, said: "That’s just the tip of the iceberg as we’re still assessing the damage.

"This repair bill is a massive burden on our finances, so we’re very grateful for this extra £5.3m Government funding."

More than a year ago SCC launched its £100m-resurfacing programme, Operation Horizon, to overhaul more than 310 miles of Surrey’s roads.

Its website said works are "weather dependant" and programmes are likely to change due to flooding this year and storms in the Autumn.

The announcement of extra government money coincided with a Hertfordshire cyclist winning almost £70,000 in damages from his county council after hitting a pothole and receiving brain injuries.

Alan Curtis’ solicitor hailed the High Court judgement as possibly "opening the floodgates" to other pothole claims.

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