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Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the public purse was of maintaining each (a) motorway, (b) trunk road and (c) other road for which the Highways Agency was responsible in each year since 1997-98, broken down by road. (257398)

The cost to the public purse of maintaining the motorways, trunk roads and other roads for which the Highways Agency was responsible in each year since 1997-98 is as follows:

£millions

2007-08

879

2006-07

850

2005-06

852

2004-05

732

2003-04

726

2002-03

760

2001-02

711

2000-01

736

1999-2000

726

1998-99

638

1997-98

499

The expenditure figures are for maintenance on the strategic road network managed and maintained by the Highways Agency. This includes renewal of the road surface and repairs to structures, as well as routine maintenance such as gully clearing, white lining, cleaning and winter maintenance. Costs excluded are those associated with our PFI contracts and our traffic and incident management service. To provide the aggregate of this information by individual road/route would require a significant amount of additional analysis, and as such could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

Expenditure figures have been adjusted to account for spend relating to roads trunked or detrunked in the financial year.

Spend figures prior to 2000-01 are based on cash accounting; the later years are based on resource accounting.