Swindon is among the areas receiving instalments of £800 million of funding from the scrapped HS2 project.

The money is being spent on repairing roads across south west England, with some repairs already completed.

Swindon’s repairs are being funded by savings from the stripped-back Euston station plans.

A total of £6.5 billion is being redistributed into transport across the UK, with £800 million promised to the south west over an 11 year period.

South west councils have so far been paid £25 million, with the same to be paid the next financial year.

The money is intended to ‘tackle badly surfaced roads and pothole ridden streets’, with some repairs already completed.

A condition of the funding is that local authorities must publish a two year plan detailing exactly which local roads will benefit.

As a recipient of the funding, Swindon Borough Council is expected to publish on its website which roads are set for repair.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “This Government is getting on with delivering our plan to invest £800 million in the South West as part of the biggest ever funding increase for local road improvements, made possible by reallocated HS2 funding.    

“Alongside this unprecedented funding, which is already being used to improve local roads, we’re making sure residents can hold their local authority to account and see for themselves how the investment will be spent to improve local roads for years to come.”     

The condition is intended to increase transparency of how local councils deliver taxpayer-funded improvements.

Swindon must also submit quarterly reports from June, announcing work which has taken place over the past three months.

Councils that do not publish reports have been told by the Department for Transport they could have funding to resurface roads withdrawn.

RAC head of policy Simon Williams said: “We hope councils will also use this extra money to carry out vital surface dressing work which helps prevent cracking in the cold winter months by sealing roads against water ingress. 

“The prime time for this life-extending work is between April and September, so time is of the essence.”

The £6.5 billion saved from Euston station is partly due to a reduction in the planned platforms, expected to reduce to six platforms from the original 11.

Funding is also being provided to Wiltshire Council, with 430,000 square metres of roads Malmesbury area being resurfaced.