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Government's Pothole Action Fund will barely make a dent, say campaigners

7 April 2016

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the Government’s announcement today of £50 million spending on pothole repairs over the next year from its Pothole Action Fund. 

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"The local road network is in such a poor state of repair that £50 million is just a drop in the ocean that will barely make a dent in the £12 billion backlog, let alone funding needed for ongoing maintenance. 

"Instead of wasting billions of pounds on motorway building schemes that will clog up our cities with more congestion and pollution, the Government could make a real difference to communities across the country by reversing the starvation of funding for the transport people use every day - including buses, cycling and local road maintenance."

ENDS

For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  1. The Pothole Action Fund is a fund for £250m spending on road repairs up to 2020
  2. The annual ALARM survey estimated that the one-off cost of repairing all our roads would be £11.8 billion
  3. Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s road campaigning work here - Evidence shows that new roads create new traffic 
  4. 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).