Government says cash will end “short term fixes”
A £6bn road repair budget will enable local authorities to end “short term fixes” on Britain’s pot-holed transport network, according to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
The money will be allocated to local authorities based on the scale of the road networks they maintain, with £4.7bn available to be spent by 115 local authorities between 2015 and 2021.
A further £575m will be available via a “challenge fund”, enabling local authorities to bid for money to fix and maintain infrastructure such as junctions, bridges and lights.
The Government says it is the first time councils have been given locked-in funding over such a long period, helping them to “plan ahead and save money for the taxpayer”.
Mr McLoughlin said: “Poorly maintained local roads - blighted by potholes - are a menace to all road users.
“The £6bn funding I am announcing today will put an end to short term fixes.
“This huge investment is part of our long term economic plan to ensure we have a transport network fit for the 21st century.”
The Department for Transport allocates funding to local authorities based on need, so a council responsible for a large network receives more money than a council with a smaller network.
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