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Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Transport written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Karl McCartney Karl McCartney Conservative, Lincoln

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider the merits of introducing incentives for local authorities to improve long-term (a) road safety and (b) value for money in repairs to roads damaged by potholes.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

holding answer 28 April 2011

Local authorities have statutory duties related to road safety and highways maintenance under the Highways Act 1980, details of which can be found at:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1980/66/contents

These authorities have their own democratic mandate, and local people are able to hold them to account if they do not deliver, which gives them strong incentives to improve their value for money, efficiency and quality of their services.

The Government's approach to local highway services is to encourage better local decision making and accountability, including through decentralising funding, removing “top-down” performance frameworks and supporting the provision of better public information.

The Department for Transport recently launched the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme, backed with £6 million of government funding, to help local authorities make their road maintenance programmes as efficient and effective as possible.

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