LGA responds to roads funding announcement

“It is not right that the Government spends 43 times more per mile on maintaining our national roads – which make up just 3 per cent of all roads – than on local roads, which are controlled by councils and make up 97 per cent of England’s road network."


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Responding to a Department for Transport announcement that it will open a £348 million funding competition to improve local roads over the next four years, the Local Government Association’s Transport spokesman, Cllr Martin Tett, said:

“It is good that the Department for Transport is to invest much-needed funding into improving local roads.

“However, only long-term investment in local road maintenance can allow councils to deliver the widespread and sustainable improvement of our roads that is needed, to the benefit of all road users up and down the country.

“It is not right that the Government spends 43 times more per mile on maintaining our national roads – which make up just 3 per cent of all roads – than on local roads, which are controlled by councils and make up 97 per cent of England’s road network.

“With councils losing 60p out of every £1 of central government funding since 2010, the new Prime Minister needs to use the forthcoming Spending Review to give councils the long-term funding they need to deliver well-maintained roads.”