Roads: Surrey

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Conservative, Esher and Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department plans to provide to Surrey County Council for (a) road maintenance and (b) fixing potholes in (i) 2015-16, (ii) 2016-17 and (iii) 2017-18.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government is allocating just under £6 billion for highways maintenance to local highway authorities in England, outside London between 2015-16 and 2020-21. An announcement was made on 23 December 2014 on how this funding is to be allocated. Further details including how much funding Surrey County Council will receive in each year is available at the following weblink:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/highways-maintenance-funding-allocations-201516-to-202021

From this funding we have also set aside £575 million for a Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund and bids for Tranche 1 of the Fund were received in the Department for Transport on 9 February. If successful, local highway authorities can receive additional funding over and above what we are allocating.

We also announced from 2016/17 that we would be introducing an incentive element totalling £578 million to reward councils who are adopting efficiencies and have an asset management strategy. Local highway authorities, such as Surrey, will be required to complete a self-assessment questionnaire to determine how much additional funding they will receive over and above what they are already receiving from Government for local highways maintenance.

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