Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Department for Transport written question – answered on 29th November 2018.

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Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire Conservative, East Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to provide funding for investment in quieter road surfacing.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

It is Highways England policy to install standard low noise surfacing on all new road links, and on all road links where the existing surfacing has reached the end of its service life where particular durability is not required. In all, Highways England have installed over 6,000 miles of standard low noise surfacing between 1 April 2015 and 30 September 2018.

The Department is also providing over £6.6 billion to local highway authorities in England from 2015 to 2021 to improve the condition of local roads, including in residential areas. The funding includes £420 million for local highways maintenance, as announced in the Budget 2018. It is for each highway authority to determine the type of surfacing to use on the roads for which they are responsible based on their own local assessments and requirements.

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