Highways spending plummets to lowest figure for five years

February 19, 2017 12:21 PM

Verge at junction of Downs Avenue and Lark RiseLocal councillors have seized on figures from Herts County Council, showing spending on road and pavement maintenance and improvements have reduced every year over the past four years.

Spending on highways has plummeted from £39.2 million in 2013-14 to £30.1 million this year. This is despite inflation meaning that less can be done for the same amount of money, and the ever-deteriorating state of local roads and pavements.

Cllr Malcolm Cowan, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at County Hall said, "The Conservatives are continually telling residents that spending on roads is going up. These figures, provided by independent and council officers, show that in fact this vital spending has fallen every year for four years".

"The council are forecasting an increase next year. However they did exactly the same this time last year and instead we have seen another fall".

"No wonder local residents are complaining more and more about potholed roads and trip hazards on pavements".

Highways Investment 2017/18
How much money is allocated to the maintenance and improvement of carriageways and footways for next financial year?
Capital
[£k]
Revenue
[£k]
Total
[£k]
Carriageway Maintenance
Cat 4 Schemes 21370 - 21370
Cat 2 737 - 737
Cat 1 3430 268 3698
Total Carriageways 25537 268 25805
Footway Maintenance
Cat 4 Schemes 2700 - 2700
Cat 2 2149 - 2149
Cat 1 - 1105
Total Footways 5954 - 5954
Integrated Transport Projects (Improvements) 8165 532 8697
Historical Trends
What was the amount spent on the maintenance and improvement of carriageways and footways in the past 4 years?
2013/14
[£k]
2014/15
[£k]
2015/16
[£k]
2016/17
[£k]
Carriageways
Cat 4 Schemes 20585 20607 19290 18577
Cat 1 & 2 4793 4066 4082 4156
Total 25378 24673 23372 22733
Footways
Cat 4 Schemes 2500 2500 1728 2294
Cat 1 & 2 3458 2820 2826 2500
Total 5958 5320 4554 4794
Integrated Transport Projects (Improvements) 7888 7944 3724 2583

Notes:

  1. Budgets are for delivery of works and exclude design costs, overheads and other ancillary costs
  2. Figures for 2016/17 and 2017/18 are projections as Cat 1 and Cat 2 are responsive services
  3. The scale of the Integrated Transport Projects programme is very much dependent upon the amount of third party funding available
  4. Excludes Little Hadham Bypass