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Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Transport written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Steve Rotheram Steve Rotheram Labour, Liverpool, Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department has spent on road repairs following the adverse weather of winter 2010-11; and how much she expects her Department to spend during the 2011-12 winter.

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

The then Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Hammond, wrote in March to all English local highway authorities to inform them of their share of the additional £200 million announced in the March 2011 Budget. This funding was in recognition of the damage to roads caused by exceptionally severe weather, as December 2010 was the coldest for 100 years. The breakdown of funding allocation by local authority can be found at:

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The Department is also providing £3 billion over the four years from 2011-12 to local highway authorities in England for roads for which they are responsible, as well as providing resource funding of £6 million for a programme to assist local authorities to deliver their highways maintenance more effectively and efficiently.

It should not be assumed that the Department will be in a position to provide additional funding following any future severe weather event. It remains the responsibility of local highway authorities to prioritise their overall resources and build in appropriate resilience as part of their overall maintenance programmes.

As regards roads controlled by the Highways Agency, the agency has a comprehensive road surfacing programme to assist in the reduction of damage to the strategic road network caused by adverse winter weather. However, the agency does not separately identify or estimate the maintenance costs directly associated with winter damage.

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