Chris welcomes 31% increase in funding for our roads

Chris Skidmore MP has welcomed news that local road-users will benefit from a dedicated £362,000 pothole fund, which will help fill up to 6,830 potholes in the next 12 months, and keep South Gloucestershire’s roads moving this winter. The area has received more than both Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset, and is part of a £1.2 billion fund for local road that the Government is allocating to councils to improve our transport links.

This funding will improve roads, cut congestion and improve journey times and includes money from the new National Productivity Investment Fund, announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement and the Pothole Action Fund. In total, South Gloucestershire will receive £5,888,000 in 2017/18 compared to £4,657,000 in 2016/17 – a 26% increase. This comes as part of the government’s £6.1 billion investment for local road maintenance by 2020/21. Local highway authorities decide how this money is spent, including upgrades to road surfacing, bridges, street lighting and other local road maintenance projects that improve journeys for motorists and cyclists. 

Local motorists will benefit from the dedicated funding after the Government announced that nearly £50 million of funding will be made available to local councils over the next 12 months.  This is part of a wider package totalling £12,473,000 across the South West. 

Chris Skidmore commented:

‘The state of our roads is consistently being raised with me on the doorstep by local residents, so I know how popular this government funding will be.

The funding is welcome news for local families and businesses in South Gloucestershire who rely on our roads to get around.  The £362,000 is a 31% increase on what we received last year and is considerably more than neighbouring areas, such as Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset, have received.

This announcement shows that we are delivering on our commitment to invest in infrastructure to attract businesses and secure a better future for our local businesses.’