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£3bn transport fund announced

Transport minister Norman Baker has announced the money each local authority in England would be getting for transport schemes and for road maintenance.

Councils will be getting more than £3bn over the next four years for local highway maintenance.

Baker said: “With limited resources available, it is essential that highways maintenance continues to be prioritised, reflecting the economic and social importance to local communities, the need to safeguard the largest single local public asset and the liabilities for future years that can be created from short-term cuts in maintenance.”

He added that the government was also providing more than £1.3bn over the next four years for small transport improvement schemes, “reflecting the contribution these schemes make to improving road safety, stimulating local economies by reducing congestion, and delivering social justice to local communities”.

Baker went on: “Transport has been identified as a key driver of growth nationally and in the regions.

“It is only right that government funding is distributed fairly and evenly across the country so that authorities can deliver vital services to their local communities efficiently and effectively.

“That is why we have updated the way we distribute transport funding, to ensure that the amounts local authorities receive are based on their transport needs.

“We are also empowering authorities by giving them greater flexibility to choose solutions tailored for the specific needs and circumstances of individual communities, which is in step with the government’s wider localism agenda.”

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  • £3bn over four years.... which is not even half of what bankers are getting in bonuses in a year!!!!

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