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Treasury written question – answered at on 24 March 2020.

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Photo of Sarah Dines Sarah Dines Conservative, Derbyshire Dales

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what fiscal steps he is taking to improve local transport infrastructure.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Government is committed to improving the transport links that people rely on every day.

The Budget announced a new England-wide Potholes Fund that will provide £500 million a year, resulting in a 50% increase to local road maintenance budgets in 2020‑21. Alongside this, the Budget also announced the development of 15 local road upgrades across the country.

It also confirmed over £1 billion worth of allocations to shovel-ready local transport upgrades across nine city regions through the Transforming Cities Fund, and the intention is to agree long-term transport settlements with eight elected Mayors starting in 2022-23 worth £4.2bn.

These commitments build on the Prime Minister’s announcement of £5 billion for buses and cycling.

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