Transport: Finance

Department for Transport written question – answered on 30th June 2015.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of the Challenge Fund has been allocated in each region since that fund was announced.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

From the £5.8 billion the Department for Transport (DfT) announced in December 2014 to be allocated to local highway authorities in England for highways maintenance between 2015 and 2021, we have allocated £275 million between 2015 and 2017 for a local highways maintenance Challenge Fund for major maintenance projects. We announced on 24 March 2015 those schemes which would receive funding. The allocation by region is shown in the table below.

Region

DfT funding £m

North East

24.84

North West

53.26

Yorkshire and the Humber

11.23

West Midlands

50.27

East Midlands

5.1

East

19.53

South West

55.45

South East

51.87

Further information can be found at the following weblink:

http://maps.dft.gov.uk/challenge-fund/index.html

For a selection of schemes, the Department has requested further information from local highway authorities to ensure that they are in a position to proceed. Subject to this, it is expected that the Department would begin to allocate funding to the authorities this summer.

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