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Roads: Safety

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much capital funding his Department provided for road safety schemes in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997; (251159)

(2) what funding his Department has provided for highway maintenance and improvement in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East in each year since 1997.

I have placed details in the House Libraries of relevant funding from the Department for Transport provided to local authorities in the north-east. The funding streams covered are:

(a) Block capital funding made available to local authorities since 2000-01 as part of the LTP settlement. This funding is not ring fenced. Integrated block funding is allocated at the Tyne and Wear plan level. Capital highway maintenance funding is allocated to local highway authorities. The table includes aggregate figures for funding provided prior to the introduction of the LTP settlement.

(b) PFI credits allocated to signed street lighting contracts in the north-east.

(c) Revenue and capital funding provided to north-east authorities since 2001-02 for the maintenance of recently detrunked roads. This funding is also not ring fenced. A three year settlement covering 2008-09 to 2010-11 has been made for revenue allocations for detrunked roads.

(d) Funding provided for emergency repairs following flooding to north-east local highways in 2001-02.

(e) Capital funding that the Department has contributed to major local authority road schemes (generally costing over £5 million). The table shows schemes completed since 2000 and those currently being delivered.

(f) Since 2007-08, local authorities have received specific road safety grant. As with integrated block funding, this is allocated at the Tyne and Wear plan level. The distribution of the funding within Tyne and Wear is determined by the local authorities within the road safety partnership. Since 2007, road safety partnership grant has also been allocated to local authorities.

Local authorities are also provided with financial support for road maintenance and road safety schemes through the Revenue Support Grant (RSG), administered by the Department for Communities and Local Government. There is no separately identified highways maintenance component in RSG and it is for each authority to determine how much of it should be allocated to their highway network.

Information is not held centrally on what Gateshead metropolitan borough council and South Tyneside metropolitan council, which cover the Jarrow constituency, have spent within the boundaries of the constituency.

The Highways Agency’s reporting systems does not record actual expenditure on a constituency or regional basis. Estimates are compiled for regional expenditure to supplement data reported in the Department’s annual report. The estimates for the north-east have been placed in the House Libraries.