Grahame Morris MP

Member of Parliament for Easington

Filling the Gap in Local Road Funding

July 1, 2019 Uncategorized 0

Speaking after the release of the report, Local roads funding and maintenance: filling the gap, Grahame Morris MP, Member of the Transport Select Committee said:

“The road network’s extreme state of disrepair is the result of a decade of austerity. Local Authorities no longer have the resources to maintain our road network to an acceptable standard. Local Road Funding is not ring-fenced, and Council’s are diverting money to plug funding gaps in social care and children services.

The ‘make do and mend approach’ is costly and ineffective. The Government must end the short-term reactive approach to road maintenance. The Committee calls for a front-loaded, five-year funding settle to deliver a proactive approach to address the road repair backlog.

The health, wealth and success of our economy is dependent on our transport infrastructure, which is in dire need of repair and modernisation. The Department for Transport must ensure our local road network is a priority in the Spending Review.”

To view the full report, please visit the Transport Select Committee website.