The Department for Transport has allocated road funding worth £1.2bn to councils across England today.
An innovative pothole spotting system and a new motorway junction on the M11, near Harlow in Essex, were also part of the announcement. The new junction will support the development of thousands of new homes and construction will start in 2019.
The funding to councils is for the 2017 to 2018 financial year. It includes money from several pots which have already been announced, including the National Productivity Investment Fund. Today councils learn exactly how much they will get from each pot. It includes £75M which councils can bid for to fund repair and maintainance work on infrastructure such as bridges and rural roads.
The pothole-spotter system is being mounted on refuse collection trucks in a trial to be conducted by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Thurrock and York Councils. They include high-definition cameras with an integrated navigation system and have been designed to identify road surface problems before they become potholes.
“Roads play a significant part in everyday life linking people with jobs and businesses with customers, which is why this government is investing record amounts improving and maintaining highways across the country to help motorists,” said transport minister Andrew Jones.
“The funding we have allocated today is focused on relieving congestion and providing important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future - helping to build an economy that works for everyone.”
The breakdown of the £1.2bn is:
- £210M from the National Productivity Investment Fund announced in the Autumn Statement, with £185M to English local authorities outside London and £25M to tackle some of the most dangerous A roads.
- £801M to improve the condition of local roads for local highway authorities in England, outside London.
- £70M from the Pothole Action Fund, again for English local authorities outside London.
- £75M from the Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund, allocated in the form of bids from local highway authorities in England, outside London.
- £75M from the Highways Maintenance Incentive Element, allocated to councils which can demonstrate that they have taken steps to spend more strategically and find efficiencies in the management of highways.