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Campaigners react to government local roads funding announcement

13 January 2017

Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed the Government diverting road spending towards local road surface repair, which benefits all road users, and calls for more of the Government's road funding to be spent on 'fix it first' schemes and sustainable transport.

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, said:

"We welcome the Government listening to us and allocating more funding for road repairs but it is still only a tiny amount of what is needed. Local residents pay the price of crumbling roads, with communities across the country still seeing roads left unrepaired or important local services starved of council funds in order to fix damage caused by lorries on their streets. Instead of allocating billions to new road building which creates new traffic, fixing our everyday roads first should be the Government priority."


For further information please contact James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6483/07984 773 468 or james.maccoll@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).

The Department for Transport has set out the shares of £1.2 billion local roads funding being provided to local councils for the 2017 to 2018 financial year. It consists of:

  • £210 million from the National Productivity Investment Fund. From this, £185 million will be allocated in the 2017 to 2018 financial year to local highway authorities in England, outside London, to improve local highways and public transport networks with the remainder of the funding of £25 million intended for schemes to improve safety on the most dangerous A roads
  • £801 million Local Highways Maintenance Needs Element Funding to be shared across local highway authorities in England, outside London, for repair and maintenance works
  • £70 million to be shared across local highway authorities in England, outside London, from the Pothole Action Fund
  • £75 million from the Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund, for which local highway authorities in England, outside London, will compete for funding to help repair and maintain local highway infrastructure, such as bridges, lighting and rural roads
  • £75 million from the Highways Maintenance Incentive Element which invites councils to complete a self-assessment questionnaire in order to reward those who demonstrate they truly understand the value of their asset