Roads: Surrey

Department for Transport written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Jonathan Lord Jonathan Lord Conservative, Woking

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has allocated to road improvement works in (a) Surrey and (b) Woking constituency in each of the last three years; and what funding he plans to allocate to such works in the 2020-21 financial year.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Department for Transport funding for local highway maintenance is allocated mainly by formula to local highway authorities at the upper tier, to county councils or unitary authorities, so we are unable to provide a break down by Parliamentary constituency. The formula comprises the Needs Element (£725 million in England outside London in 2019/20) and the Incentive/Efficiency Element (£150 million 2019/20). Integrated Transport Block (ITB) is a formula distribution of capital funding to local transport authorities, which is designed to fund small-scale local transport improvements, including road safety measures, public transport and public realm improvements.

In each of the last three years the Department’s allocation to Surrey County Council for local highway maintenance and for ITB was as follows:

2017/18 £21.072 million

2018/19 £21.056 million

2019/20 £21.034 million

The proposed allocation for 2020/21 is £21.034 million.

Following Budget 2018, Surrey County Council received a share, £7.409 million, of the £420 million additional funding announced for England. This was for local highways maintenance including the repair of potholes, to keep local bridges and structures open and safe, and to aid other minor highway works.

Surrey County Council has a Private Finance Initiative for street lighting, for which the revenue grant payment in each of the last three years was £5.955 million.

In addition, Surrey County Council has received over £3.7 million in total over the last three years through the Pothole Action Fund.

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