Rising traffic volumes prompt calls for ringfenced roads funding
The Government is being urged to provide a fully funded plan for the growing number of vehicles on the nation’s roads as the amount of time UK drivers spend on the roads continues to sky-rocket.
Department for Transport figures show the number of miles driven by all motor vehicles in 2016 rose to 323.7bn, from 303.2bn in 2010.
The Local Government Association, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, is calling on the Government to recognise the need to match the increased infrastructure pressures and demand on our local roads with additional funds.
Highlighting how it would already take £9.3bn and over 14 years for councils to clear the current local road repairs backlog, council leaders are calling for the Government to reinvest 2 pence per litre of existing fuel duty, which would generate £1bn a year for councils to spend on local roads maintenance.
Cllr Martin Tett, LGA transport spokesman, said: “Only long-term and consistent investment in local road maintenance will allow councils to embark on the widespread improvement of our roads that is desperately needed, to the benefit of all road users up and down the country.”