Hammond declares war on POTHOLES: Chancellor reveals £30billion boost after ‘scorching summer and harsh winter’ took its toll on roads
- Philip Hammond announced the biggest ever cash injection into major roads
- There will be a dedicated £420m given to councils to fix the country’s pot holes
- Chancellor said fixing the roads is good for the economy and motorists
Philip Hammond declared war on potholes today as he promised an extra £30billion for England’s roads.
The Chancellor has vowed to pump cash into the country’s major highways, which have fallen into a state of disrepair after a ‘scorching summer and harsh winter’.
The pledge, unveiled in today’s Budget, makes good on a promise made by the ex Tory Chancellor George Osborne to find the extra cash for roads.
It is the single biggest cash injection in the country’s largest roads and will be paid for by money raised from Vehicle Excise Duty.
This will be the first time ever that ‘road tax’ raised in England will only be spent on roads.
The Chancellor has vowed to pump £30bn into the country’s major highways, which have fallen into a state of disrepair after a ‘scorching summer and harsh winter’ and boosting transport
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Some £28.8bn will be spent on strategically important roads, such as Highways England motorways and major local routes.
While an extra £420 million will be given to councils so they can fix potholes, repair damaged roads and keeping bridges safe and open.
Another £150m will be pumped into improving local junctions, allowing better access to places were people work and England’s high streets.
And he also confirmed that fuel duty will be frozen for the ninth year in a row – a pledge unveiled by Theresa May at the Tory Party conference in Birmingham.
The Treasury said the money is designed to ‘maintain and improve local roads after the recent scorching summer and harsh winter of 2017, which has taken its toll’.
Mr Hammond has said the funding will help boost productivity and the economy across the country.
Philip Hammond (pictured putting the finishing touches to the Budget last night) declared war on potholes today as he promised an extra £30billion for England’s roads
In an op-ed for The Sun on Sunday, he said: ‘With a thousand more people moving into work every day, it’s important that we help to get them there on time.
‘Many of you preparing to start the working week tomorrow will know the frustration of having your journey to work ruined by delays caused by poorly maintained roads. Or of having your car or van damaged by potholes.
‘This isn’t just a bad way to start the day, it’s bad for businesses large and small, and it can be really damaging to the wider economy as well.
‘It’s estimated that congestion costs UK households more than £30billion every year. That’s why tomorrow I will announce a bumper £30billion investment in our country’s transport network — including a new £28.8billion fund ring-fencing vehicle excise duty raised in England for spending on our roads.
‘As a former Transport Secretary, I know that these are the arteries that keep our country alive – and they need taking care of.’
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