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Winter is coming: Councils prepare for deep freeze with 1.4 million tonnes of salt at the ready

Councils are preparing for a period of plummeting temperatures, with 1.4 million tonnes of salt stockpiled across the country ready to treat icy roads and pavements.

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LGA responds to RAC report into state of local road surfaces 

"Despite the efforts of councils, which repair a pothole every 19 seconds, our local roads repair backlog is rising, with latest estimates showing it would take over £12 billion and ten years to clear."

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LGA responds to House of Lords Built Environment Committee report on fare zoning

“A greater role for councils in local rail services, a through ticketing system and greater franchising powers would help councils everywhere boost public passenger numbers thereby cutting congestion and making our air cleaner for this and future generations.”

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LGA responds to Which? report on electric vehicle charging infrastructure

"Reliability and ease of use of charging infrastructure will be vital to continue attracting more people to make the switch to greener transport"

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Councils warn of spiralling cost of street lighting and pothole repairs due to increasing energy cost and inflation

Councils are facing massive increases in costs due to spiralling inflation and the increase in energy costs, the Local Government Association (LGA) are warning today.

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Stop bridge chaos by banning faulty satnavs, say councils

HGV drivers should be banned from using standard car sat navs that are leading them to crash into bridges or get stuck down narrow local roads that specialist lorry satnavs avoid, councils urge today.

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LGA responds to additional bus funding

Cllr David Renard, Transport spokesperson for the Local Government Association, comments on the Government’s announcement of an additional £130 million of funding for bus operators to act as an extension of emergency support since the pandemic.

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LGA responds to Campaign for Better Transport bus funding report

"The recent funding announcements came as a disappointment for many councils, with more than half of the areas that applied for more support receiving no funding and over a third of the country’s population missing out."

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LGA statement on Queen’s Speech: Transport Bill

“Councils are determined to tackle climate change and are already supporting the transition to electric vehicles. It is good that the Queen’s Speech outlines ambitions to speed up this transition but councils need clarity about their role in delivering this change."

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LGA responds to Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy

“Councils are best-placed to ensure chargepoints are delivered in the right places and avoiding inappropriate or poor siting. All councils need to benefit and have full flexibility to maximise the impact of the funding."