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Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money was spent on road (a) maintenance and (b) construction in each of the last five years. (202233)

[holding answer 28 April 2008]: The available expenditure data on road expenditure covers both new construction and structural maintenance and does not enable new road construction to be identified as a separated category. The total expenditure on road infrastructure in Great Britain by central and local government for the last five years for which figures are available is given in the following table together with the figures for road maintenance.

Table: Investment in road infrastructure and maintenance

£ million

Total investment in road infrastructure1,2 Great Britain

Total road maintenance3 Great Britain
















1 Includes some private investment in road infrastructure, using private public finance contracts.

2 These figures cover new construction, improvements and structural maintenance but exclude routine maintenance.

3 Includes some structural maintenance.


Central and Local Government expenditure in England, Scotland and Wales

Road investment given in the aforementioned table relates to gross capital expenditure on national and local roads. This information is published in Table 1.14 in “Transport Statistics in Great Britain 2007 Edition” (TSGB) which is available on the Department for Transport’s website (

Information on expenditure on road maintenance for England and Wales is published in the “National Road Maintenance Condition Survey 2006”, which is also available on the Department for Transport’s website. Data for Scotland are published in “Scottish Transport Statistics 2007 Edition” by the Scottish Executive available on their website ( These sources identify expenditure on structural and routine maintenance, but overlaps in definition mean that there is some double counting with the investment data from Table 1.14 from TSGB.

In 2006 there was an estimated 398 thousand kilometres of road in Great Britain. Central Government is responsible for the Strategic Road network made up of the Motorways and Trunk A Roads which is about 3 per cent. of this total. The remainder of the public road network is the responsibility of local authorities.