Today, the Department for Transport has confirmed the allocations of Government’s £8.3 billion long-term plan to resurface more than 5,000 miles of road across the country, improving journeys for all.
The funding, which will benefit residents across Nottinghamshire, has been redirected from HS2 to deliver transformative change for motorists as Government takes the long-term decisions needed to level up the UK and grow the economy.
After consistently hearing from residents about their frustrations surrounding the conditions of highways across Nottinghamshire, Mansfield MP, Ben Bradley, is delighted with the additional funding. See a breakdown of the funding allocations for local highways maintenance by authority.
Funding for highways maintenance in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire unitary authorities is currently allocated to those individual authorities. As a result, the additional funding has been allocated to those authorities. Following the establishment of the new East Midlands Mayoral Combined Authority, future funding will be allocated to the combined authority.
The Government has already confirmed £5.5 billion up until 2024/25, for England outside London, which includes the £200 million announced by the Chancellor at the Budget in March. Today’s £8.3 billion nationwide boost comes on top of that and extends until 2034, providing long-term certainty to local authorities and helping to prevent potholes from coming back in the future.
The funding also comes on top of the local transport, road and rail budgets allocated at the last Spending Review and in addition to what local authorities were already expecting for the next decade.
This is the biggest ever uplift in funding for local road improvements, delivering better roads and easier travel for drivers as connectivity is boosted and economic growth is delivered across the whole of the UK.
Commenting, Ben Bradley MP said:
“It’s fantastic news from Government today that there will be an additional £4.6m to increase the volume of road repairs we can get done across Nottinghamshire over the next 18 months. That’s really positive news as I know residents across the region want to see more higher quality, long-term improvements to our Highways.
Extra money is obviously helpful and I can ensure residents that the County Council will be using this money to ensure more work can be done. In truth, the budget still remains the biggest barrier to fixing our roads, as the total cost of getting all of our road network up to standard runs to billions rather than millions, but it all helps.
I understand the frustrations across Mansfield and Warsop surrounding the condition of our roads, and I want to reassure residents that I’m doing everything within my power to ensure we can enjoy smoother, safer and faster road journeys.
We also have further flexible transport funding coming our way through the new Combined Authority, which will cover Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire from next May.”