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Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 125007, tabled on 18 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of local authorities accessing prudential borrowing to reduce the time taken to carry out local road maintenance; and whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on the use of prudential borrowing for that purpose.

Answered on

28 February 2022

As announced in the October 2021 Spending Review, the Government is investing over £2.7 billion over the next three years for local highway maintenance in England, outside London, in places not receiving City Region Settlements. This includes those places’ share of the £500 million per annum Pothole Fund announced at Budget 2020.

The three-year funding settlement will help local highway authorities plan effectively for managing their highways assets, from tackling potholes to repairing bridges and other asset defects across their local road networks.

The Department for Transport encourages good practice in local highway maintenance for all local highway authorities and endorses the UK Roads Liaison Group’s Code of Practice on Well Managed Highway Infrastructure.

As part of the Incentive Element, the Department requires local highway authorities to provide an online portal for members of the public to report potholes and other highway defects.

The Department is funding three projects specifically aimed at reducing carbon by using sustainable materials through the Live Labs programme, a £22.9 million research programme.

It is for each local authority to decide how best to maintain their local highways assets.