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Roads: North West

Transport written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Jake Berry Jake Berry Conservative, Rossendale and Darwen

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to repair potholes in (a) Rossendale and Darwen constituency and (b) the North West.

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

The respective local highway authorities are responsible for the maintenance of the local road network in (a) Rossendale and Darwen Constituency and (b) the North West.

The Department for Transport is providing over £3.4 billion to local highway authorities in England between 2011 and 2015. This includes additional funding of £200 million allocated to authorities in March 2011 in recognition of the damage caused by the severe winter of 2010-11 and a further £215 million being allocated over the financial years 2013-14 and 2014-15 as announced in December 2012. The June 2013 spending review announcement commits just under £6 billion to local highway authorities in England from 2015-16 to 2020-21.

Local authorities are also able to use revenue funding allocated by the Department for Communities and Local Government through the revenue support grant for maintaining their local highways. Neither capital nor revenue highways maintenance funding is ring-fenced and it is for local highway authorities to decide upon their spending priorities across the whole range of services they provide.

The Department for Transport is also providing £6 million for the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme. As part of this programme a review was undertaken in respect of potholes and final report was published in April 2012. A follow-up report was recently published and both reports can be found at the following web link:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/hmep/pothole/index.php

In addition the Highways Agency responsible for the management of the motorway and strategic trunk road network work closely with their maintenance contractors to ensure a safe and even road surface for all road users based on a risk assessment process.

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