Road to nowhere? Amounts allocated for road repairs revealed

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 09:00
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Institute of Advanced Motorists lift the lid on the amounts allocated to Local Authorities on road improvements

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has produced a league table of the amount of money allocated by government to each local authority on road improvements over the last five years in England – with Greater Manchester coming out top with a figure of £141m for 2014/15.

However in overall percentage terms the local authority with the highest increased allocation was Stoke-on-Trent. With an allocation of £10.2m for 2014/15 compared to £4m in 2013/14, this was a 155% increase. Over the five year period (since 2010/11) Stoke-on-Trent’s allocation had increased by 85.4%.

The top five local authorities for an increase in allocation over the five year period 2010/11 to 2014/15 were Lancashire, from £32.2m to £96m (198.1% increase); Wokingham, from £3.1m to £7.9m (154.8% increase), North East Lincolnshire from £3m to £7.m (£153.3% increase), Milton Keynes, from £5.7m to £12.3m (115.8% increase) and Cornwall, from £25m to £50.6m (102.4% increase).

Conversely the local authorities with the biggest reductions in allocated funding for road repairs for 2014/5 compared to the previous 12 months were Portsmouth (down by 83.7%), Halton (down by 73.5%), Luton (down by 61.6%), Bedford (down by 40.9%) and East Sussex (down by 37.9%).

Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “We know that in each case there are different circumstances as to why a local authority might have a reduced or increased allocation, but it is important to release that the road system is the lifeblood of any local authority.

“The road network is responsible for the survival and prosperity of the local economy and the jobs of people. It should be treated with the investment it deserves, for now and the future.”

The figures came about through a question asked in Parliament by David Ruffley, MP for Bury St Edmunds to Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Transport. Mr Ruffley asked how much funding the Department of Transport has allocated to each local authority in England and Wales for road improvements in each year since 2010. The release of the figures coincides with this weeks announcement that the governments £15bn Road Investment Strategy has been given the go-ahead.

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