LGA responds to DfT backing for roads funding

“Councils are on the side of all road users, and are working hard to try and keep our roads safe and resilient, and despite significant funding pressures, are fixing a pothole every 17 seconds."


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Responding to the Government’s response to the Transport Committee’s report “Local roads funding and maintenance: filling the gap”, in which the Department for Transport is to press the Treasury for a longer-term funding settlement for councils to tackle the plague of potholes on local roads, Cllr Darren Rodwell, the Local Government Association’s transport spokesman, said:

“It is good that the Department for Transport rightly backs our call for long-term roads funding for councils.

“Councils are on the side of all road users and are working hard to try and keep our roads safe and resilient, and despite significant funding pressures, are fixing a pothole every 17 seconds.

“The Government’s infrastructure strategy needs to provide stable, devolved infrastructure budgets to councils, in the same way as Highways England and Network Rail. Providing councils with a five-year funding allocation would mean they can invest in road maintenance and other infrastructure projects.”