Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Department for Transport written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, hat estimate he has made of the cost to (a) Government and (b) local authorities of filling in potholes in England in 2017.

Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of filling in potholes in England in 2016.

Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of repairing all potholes on public roads.

Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an estimate of the cost of damage to cars caused by potholes in England each year.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department for Transport has made no formal estimate of the cost to (a) Government and (b) local authorities of filling in potholes in England in 2016 or 2017. The Department for Transport has no current plans to estimate the cost to the public purse of repairing all potholes on public roads, although others have made informal estimates of their own.

The Government, for the first time, has set up a dedicated fund for potholes. This is providing local highway authorities in England, outside London, £296 million between 2016 and 2021, including an extra £46 million announced in the 2017 autumn Budget.

This funding is in addition to just under £6 billion the Government is providing to local highway authorities for local highway maintenance in England, outside London.

The management and maintenance of the local highway network falls under the responsibility of highway authorities, such as Lancashire County Council. The Department for Transport endorses the Code of Practice on Well-Managed Highway Infrastructure as published by the UK Roads Liaison Group.

The Department for Transport has made no formal estimate of the total value of compensation for cars damaged on the local road network.

Local highway authorities are responsible for maintaining local roads in their area and are therefore also responsible for compensation.

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