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Roads: Congestion - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:36 pm on 5th September 2017.

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Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport) 2:36 pm, 5th September 2017

As I have said, we are spending record sums on local authority networks, including many of the pinch-points the noble Lord has identified. Between 2015 and 2021 we will be spending £1.548 billion on small-scale transport schemes, in addition to all the money I have already outlined that we are spending on major schemes. Of course, I fully accept that there will always be further demands on resources and there are always individual schemes that people can bring forward. It is a competitive bidding process, and we are prepared to receive submissions and bids from local authorities against the latest bidding round and in future bidding rounds. I think that we have a record to be proud of.