Transport Committee

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:26 pm on 4th July 2019.

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Photo of Lilian Greenwood Lilian Greenwood Chair, Transport Committee 12:26 pm, 4th July 2019

The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, and we want to move from a reactive to a proactive approach to mending our roads, so that local authorities can plan ahead. The pothole action fund has undoubtedly allowed local authorities to fill some roads and undertake work, but that often gets agreed within the year and is time-limited, so it must be implemented by the end of the financial year. That is not the most efficient and effective way to deal with the funding and maintenance of our local roads, and that issue lies at the heart of the Committee’s report.