Highways Maintenance in England: Local Spending

Part of Transport – in the House of Commons at on 24 November 2022.

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Photo of Richard Holden Richard Holden Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

I thank my hon. Friend for his comments. Local highways maintenance is a critical service provided by local authorities. In recognition of that, a central highways maintenance fund has an incentive element built in to drive best practice. However, it would be counterproductive for central Government to go beyond that and override local leaders, who have the best understanding of the needs of their local areas. This approach is in line with the wider Government funding framework led by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.