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Transport: Luton

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on (a) transport and (b) transport infrastructure in the Luton Borough Council area in each year since 1997. (252645)

In addition to funds for specific major schemes, the Department for Transport allocates integrated transport block and highways maintenance funding to local transport authorities for general capital investment in transport. This funding is not ring-fenced and local authorities have discretion to spend their allocations in line with their priorities. Allocations provided to Luton borough council since 1997 are shown in the following table.

£ million

Integrated transport block

Highways maintenance

Specific road safety funding

Major schemes

Total local transport funding

2008-09

2.408

1.012

0.637

2.500

6.557

2007-08

3.158

0.891

0.660

4.400

9.109

2006-07

2.516

0.948

5.300

8.764

2005-06

3.100

0.889

3.989

2004-05

3.300

1.185

4.485

2003-04

4.310

1.020

5.330

2002-03

4.000

0.862

4.862

2001-02

4.100

0.819

4.919

2000-01

1.800

0.587

2.387

1999-2000

4.344

4.344

1998-99

1.449

0.500

1.949

1997-98

3.152

2.300

5.452

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 available on the basis of local authority boundaries.