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Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the extent of damage to roads as a result of the weather since December 2009; what estimate he has made of the costs to local authorities of such damage; and what assistance his Department plans to provide to local authorities for their repair. (311205)

It will be for each local highway authority to assess the damage to its network resulting from the severe weather, and to estimate the costs of repair.

The Department will consider any requests for financial assistance that local authorities may make, in line with its established criteria. It will also provide engineering consultancy support to local authorities formulating bids. It will be for each bidding authority to demonstrate that the damage is exceptional.