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Transport: Crosby

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much his Department has spent on improving the transport infrastructure in Crosby since 2003; (253181)

(2) what (a) grants and (b) other assistance his Department has provided for the improvement of transport infrastructure in Crosby since 2003.

Allocations provided by the Department for Transport to the Metropolitan borough of Sefton, which covers the Crosby constituency, since 2003 are shown in the following table. This funding is not ring-fenced and local authorities have discretion to spend their allocations in line with their priorities.

Sefton

£ million

Integrated transport block

Highways maintenance

Other funding1

Total local transport funding

2008-09

2.840

1.914

1.051

5.805

2007-08

3.007

1.237

0.757.

5.001

2006-07

2.735

2.167

0.738

5.640

2005-06

2.547

1.548

0.720

4.815

2004-05

3.658

1.687

0.654

5.999

2003-04

3.550

4.549

1.686

9.785

1 Other funding covers revenue detrunking and bridge strengthening on the primary route network.

Sefton also benefits from funding support provided to the Merseyside Passenger Transport Authority. Revenue expenditure on transport is generally supported through the Department for Communities and Local Government's formula grant.

The Department spends funds on the strategic road network through the Highways Agency (HA). The HA's reporting systems do not record actual expenditure for local authority areas; expenditure is recorded by project and activity. Estimates are compiled for regional expenditure to supplement data reported in the Department's annual report.

Likewise, funding for other transport projects in England, such as rail projects, is not generally available on the basis of local authority boundaries.