Government funding to repair roads in the East Riding of Yorkshire cut by a quarter
Government funding to repair damaged roads in the East Riding has been slashed by a quarter for the coming year.
The County Councils Network says the reduction in funding across England means councils will “have no choice” but to cancel planned road maintenance projects.
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council will receive £13.8 million to maintain roads in 2021-22, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.
That is £4.9 million less than the £18.7 million provided in the current financial year – a reduction of 26%.
The DfT estimates the money for the East Riding of Yorkshire could repair 123,000 potholes.
But the County Councils Network, which represents England’s county councils, says the pothole fund should not mask an overall reduction in maintenance funding.
Councillor Barry Lewis, economic growth spokesperson for CCN, said: “The Government has given with one hand and taken with the other, as the overall funding pot for roads maintenance will fall compared to last year.
Nicholas Lyes, head of roads policy at the RAC, said the cut in funding for road maintenance was “worrying”.
He added: “This can only lead to roads deteriorating further and being in a worse overall state than they are now.
“Councils require certainty of funding over a longer period of time – ideally five years – so they can plan resurfacing and routine maintenance rather than being forced into having a more piecemeal approach.”
Road maintenance funding is allocated to councils and combined authorities based on a formula which uses the length of roads, number of bridges and level of street lighting.
In addition, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council will also receive £1.7 million for transport improvement projects such as road safety schemes, cycle ways and bus lanes for 2021-22.
A DfT spokesperson said: “We know high-quality local roads make a difference to people’s lives, which is why we have committed £1.125 billion to local roads maintenances for 2021-22, including £500 million from the Potholes Fund which will allow the equivalent of 10 million potholes to be rectified by local councils.”
Article by data reporter Alex Ross