To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to ensure that local authorities compensate motorists for the closure of publicly funded roads.
The Department does not compensate motorists for the closure of roads. Roads are funded by general taxation for the benefit of all. Local authorities are responsible for managing their roads and have a wide range of measures available to them to do so, including road closures. They have various legal duties on them to manage their roads for all users, and ‘traffic’ is defined to include both cyclists and pedestrians.