29 Jan National Roads To Receive 52 Times More Funding Than Local Ones
A new report from the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed that the government will be spending £1.1 million per mile to maintain the UK’s strategic road network between 2015 and 2010. But local councils will be provided with just £21,000 per mile for local roads over the same timeframe. This means national roads will receive 52 times more funding by the year 2020!
This is taking place despite the fact that local roads constitute 98 per cent of the road network in this country. What’s more, there are now 125 cars per mile on the roads now, compared to the 101 back in 2000 which councils are saying is putting pressure on local transport and causing road maintenance problems like the wearing down of road markings and potholes.
Transport spokesman with the LGA Martin Tett commented: “Our local roads form vital arteries for our communities. But with almost 30 per cent more cars now on the nation’s roads than in 2000, they are under more pressure than ever before.
“Councils are fixing a pothole every 19 seconds despite funding pressures. They want to do more but are trapped in an endless cycle of patching up our deteriorating network. It would already take £12 billion and more than a decade for councils to clear the current local roads repair backlog.”
Earlier this month, the Road Safety Foundation called on the government to issue £200 million to make the country’s most high-risk roads safe to drive on… particularly the A537 between Macclesfield and Buxton – which has now been named the most hazardous road six times in the last ten years!
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