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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.

The LGA is calling for the Government to put 2ppl from fuel duty aside for local roads maintenance.

The LGA is calling for the Government to put 2ppl from fuel duty aside for local roads maintenance.

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.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.