Hertfordshire politicians are lobbying the Government for extra cash to help repair the county’s weather-worn roads.

The county council has applied for a share of a national flooding relief fund to help with its estimated £7 million bill followings one of wettest winters on record, which saw parts of the county submerged under flooding.

Highways bosses have identified 42 miles of roads and 16 bridges badly affected by the severe winter weather.

Hertfordshire County Council is expecting to hear within the next few weeks whether it has been successful.

Terry Douris, the cabinet member for highways, said: "Unfortunately we’ve had another winter of extreme weather. Hertfordshire residents were affected and, although perhaps not as badly as some other parts of the UK, the sustained heavy rain has caused damage throughout the county and had a major impact on roads.

"Despite maintenance of drains, the sheer volume of water together with lower temperatures has meant that we have many miles of flood-damaged roads and bridges.

"I’m pleased that the government has responded to the calls from councils for more money to repair these flood-hit roads, and I sincerely hope that Hertfordshire receives its fair share."