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Budget 2018: £30 billion boost for England's road network

Published 29 October 2018

England’s road network will get £30 billion, as part of the Budget 2018 spending review.

Councils get an immediate cash injection of £420 million for fixing potholes, repairing damaged roads and maintaining bridges, while an additional £150 million is being provided to improve road access for work places and high streets.

Highways England gets the bulk of the cash, with £28.8 billion being provided from 2020 to 2025 for the upkeep and improvement of motorways and major A roads. 

“The Government made a commitment three years ago to ring-fencing all the money collected from vehicle tax...it is good to see the Chancellor delivering on this promise."  RAC chief engineer David Bizley.

Almost all of the money will be provided by revenue raised by Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), which will be ring-fenced from 2020-21 for improving and maintaining roads for the first time since the 1930s.

The £30 billion will double the £15 billion the Government has spent since on roads since 2014, but falls short on its pledge in 2015 to triple the level of spending on the network by the end of the decade.

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"The Government made a commitment three years ago to ring-fencing all the money collected from vehicle tax from 2020/21 to maintain and improve our most important roads. It is good to see the Chancellor delivering on this promise and it is clearly a big step in the right direction," said RAC chief engineer David Bizley.

"What is also needed going forward is a similar long-term strategy and funding for the maintenance and improvement of all local roads so that we can over perhaps 10 years eliminate the backlog in preventative maintenance that has led to so many potholes."

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Comments

stojom    on 30 October 2018

Yes but will they fix the potholes properly, not if my road is anything to go by. There should be a national standard of repair insisted on.

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