Road Funding (Somerset)

Transport written question – answered on 22nd May 2006.

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Photo of Ian Liddell-Grainger Ian Liddell-Grainger Conservative, Bridgwater

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much central Government funding has been allocated to Somerset county council for road improvement in each of the last five years.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The Department has allocated Somerset county council £92 million of central Government funding in the last five years, through its Local Transport Plan for highways capital maintenance and transport improvement schemes (each costing less than £5 million). It is up to Somerset county council to determine exactly how it spends this money. These figures are broken down in the following table.

Somerset county council has also received £12 million of funding for the North West Taunton Package. The North West Taunton Package consists of a new road bridge crossing the railway line as well as a 600 space park and ride site. It also includes bus priority and traffic calming measures.

Somerset county council has also received Government funding support for its day-to-day roads activities through revenue support grant. Revenue support grant provides support for a range of local services and does not include a specific allocation for roads.

£ million
Nature of capital funding 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Highways Maintenance 12.306 10.763 12.766 15.958 15.958
Integrated Transport Block 4.881 5.001 5.841 4.058 4.294
Total 17.187 15.764 18.607 20.016 20.252

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