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Roads: Lighting

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department has contributed to funding for the renewal of street lighting in each year since 1997; what guidance his Department issues on criteria for the renewal of street lighting; and if he will make a statement. (313274)

The Department for Transport provides capital funding to local authorities for maintenance of their highways, which they can use for the renewal of their street lighting assets. The level of local transport plan funding to local authorities in England (excluding London) for highway maintenance for each year since its introduction since 2001, and its predecessor the Transport Supplementary Grant, is given as follows.

In addition this Department has provided PFI credits for local authority street lighting projects. 24 projects are operational with a further five in procurement. The table below lists the awards to local authorities in the year they reached financial close, including awards to London authorities.

£ million

PFI allocation

TSG/LTP capital

1997-98

0

79,237

1998-99

7.5

69,447

1999-2000

0

211,864

2000-01

0

264,396

2001-02

18.6

528,004

2002-03

0

544,999

2003-04

166.747

545,640

2004-05

121

633,778

2005-06

96.765

634,409

2006-07

149.9

674,164

2007-08

94.911

677,035

2008-09

0

701,061

2009-10

332.8

735,097