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Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 33382, tabled on 11 April 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total expenditure was of his Department and it's predecessor departments in 2015-16 prices on (a) highways maintenance capital block grant funding, (b) the maintenance element of block allocation local transport plan settlement and (c) the principal road maintenance element of the transport policies and programmes system in each year from 1991-92 to 2015-16; and what his Department's planned expenditure is in 2015-16 prices on the highways maintenance capital block grant in each year from 2016-17 to 2020-21.

Answered on

14 April 2016

The table below sets out the funding the Department for Transport has allocated to local highway authorities in England (outside London) for local highways maintenance in each year for which records are available. This includes the additional funding the Department for Transport has provided to local highway authorities to help fix potholes and repair local highway infrastructure damaged by severe weather since 2010/11.

Information is not held in the format requested prior to 2010/11 due to changes made in how grant funding is allocated for local highways maintenance. The figures shown are in cash terms and in 2014/15 prices (the latest available). For 2015/16 onwards, the Office for Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) forecasts as at the March 2016 budget have been used.

£millions

Year

2000/01

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

Cash Terms

264

531

559

566

650

2014/15 prices

367

729

748

738

822

Additional Pothole and Other Top Up Cash Terms

Wet Weather Cash Terms

Year

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10

Cash Terms

663

672

683

653

693

2014/15 prices

814

802

792

738

765

Additional Pothole and Other Top Up Cash Terms

Wet Weather Cash Terms

Year

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

Cash Terms

763

806

779

750

707

2014/15 prices

818

851

807

761

707

Additional Pothole and Other Top Up Cash Terms

284

140

24

Wet Weather Cash Terms

183.5

Year

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

Cash Terms

976

976

1,051

1,001

876

2014/15 prices

974

960

1,015

947

813

Additional Pothole and Other Top Up Cash Terms

50

75

75

Wet Weather Cash Terms

180

Year

2020/21

Cash Terms

976

2014/15 prices

888

Additional Pothole and Other Top Up Cash Terms

50

Wet Weather Cash Terms

The Department for Transport is also funding a number of local highways maintenance and street lighting projects through the Private Finance Initiative which are not included within the table.

In addition, local highway authorities are also able to use revenue funding for maintaining their local highways and this is allocated by the Department of Communities and Local Government through the Revenue Support Grant. It is for the respective local highway authorities to determine how this funding is spent based on local needs and priorities.

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