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Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on building new roads in each region in each year since 1979; and if he will make a statement. (252050)

The following tables show the available data on regional expenditure on new construction/improvement and structural maintenance on motorways and trunk roads, as well as regional expenditure on new improvement for highways, lighting, road safety and structural maintenance on local roads for 1999-2000 to 2006-07. These data do not enable new road construction to be identified as a separate category.

Motorway and trunk roads: New construction/improvement and structural maintenance

£ million

Region

1999-2000

2000-011

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

North East

12.9

14.9

52.0

46.1

34.1

27.2

26.1

46.7

North West

189.5

213.8

157.1

179.1

116.3

156.0

157.6

200.5

Yorkshire and the Humber

43.1

50.4

121.4

199.8

76.9

35.7

65.8

73.3

East Midlands

59.6

70.1

107.1

121.4

96.0

120.3

175.8

199.9

West Midlands

109.5

128.9

94.9

101.8

118.1

196.5

226.0

255.8

East of England

79.9

93.4

141.8

133.9

121.7

120.9

164.0

226.2

London

158.0

26.9

28.6

6.3

11.6

24.1

19.7

20.2

South East

209.8

246.5

205.1

215.0

164.2

225.7

253.7

307.4

South West

98.8

115.8

112.2

151.6

117.4

147.0

188.0

290.9

England

961.1

960.7

1,020.4

1,155.1

856.3

1,053.4

1,276.7

1,620.8

1 Trunk roads in London were transferred to Transport for London in July 2000 and were reclassified as principal roads. Expenditure on these roads from 2000-01 is shown under the “Local roads” heading for London.

Sources:

Highways Agency Financial Accounts and local authority returns to Communities; and Local Government

Local roads1: New improvement for highways, lighting, road safety and structural maintenance2

£ million

Region

1999-2000

2000-013

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

North East

99.3

94.7

117.2

145.0

125.2

139.4

148.9

146.7

North West

214.0

199.1

267.2

330.8

338.8

363.6

359.6

333.7

Yorkshire and the Humber

134.8

167.9

195.2

215.9

222.5

247.0

266.9

287.6

East Midlands

97.2

127.1

178.9

212.5

207.9

269.1

252.8

236.0

West Midlands

147.3

167.6

207.6

266.7

235.5

265.6

263.3

301.9

East of England

144.3

146.6

243.5

273.7

283.3

309.6

364.0

363.1

London

206.3

350.6

315.1

489.0

414.1

382.3

428.0

411.7

South East

215.2

188.0

254.8

322.4

317.3

370.8

377.9

358.7

South West

136.5

148.0

203.0

228.6

239.2

265.9

311.9

290.5

England

1,394.9

1,589.6

1,982.4

2,484.7

2,378.8

2,613.4

2,773.2

2,730.0

1 Local authority expenditure excludes car parks.

2 Includes expenditure on patching.

3 Trunk roads in London were transferred to Transport for London in July 2000 and were reclassified as principal roads. Expenditure on these roads from 2000-01 is shown under the “Local roads” heading for London.

Sources:

Highways Agency Financial Accounts and local authority returns to Communities and Local Government

This information is available in table 5.4 of ‘Regional Transport Statistics’ publication at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/regionaldata/rts/