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De-trunked Roads (Capital Funding)

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

I am today announcing that £66 million capital funding will be provided during 2009-10 and 2010-11 to 41 local authorities to carry out capital maintenance on their de-trunked roads. I have placed a list of the allocations to individual authorities in the Libraries of both Houses.

The White Paper “A New Deal for Transport: Better for Everyone” and the report “A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England”—both published in July 1998—identified a core network of existing trunk roads which serve a strategic national purpose and should remain the responsibility of the Secretary of State. It was proposed that those non-core routes which served only regional or local purposes should be transferred to local highway authority management. This transfer of management, known as de-trunking, allows the Highways Agency to concentrate on the operation of the strategic trunk road network, while enabling local authorities to consider their own priorities for the improvement of non-core routes.

The Government provide funding to local authorities for the maintenance of the roads transferred. Revenue support is provided in addition to the general revenue support grant (RSG) provided to local authorities. Like the RSG the de-trunking revenue support is paid through area-based grants.

We also provide capital funding for individual maintenance projects authorities wish to carry out in addition to their routine maintenance programme. This funding is in addition to the formula capital highway maintenance funding this Department provides authorities as part of the local transport plan settlement.