UK's Pothole Epidemic: Budget Boost on the way!
Authorities are set to receive a cash injection of around £420million in order to help solve the current pothole crisis. Encouraging to see!
Authorities are set to receive a cash injection of around £420million in order to help solve the current pothole crisis.
The injection is part an investment by Chancellor Phillip Hammond, who referred to this as "the biggest ever single cash investment" in the UK's transport network. The investment in total forms approximately £30billion.
However, a one-time fix for the UK's pothole problem is estimated to cost an estimated £8billion, which massively highlights the scale of the problem. The condition of the UK's roads has been deteriorating quite severely this year, partly due to the weather earlier this year.
Alongside the extra money for pothole maintenance, the Budget includes £25.5 billion for Highways England to carry out upgrades to major roads between 2020 and 2025.
This investment will be largely funded by vehicle excise duty — the first time that the tax has been “ring-fenced” for use on the roads since former Chancellor George Osbourne pledged to do so in 2015.
All in all, this does seem to be a step in the right direction, as we're seeing evidence of the Chancellor delivering on his promise he made three years ago, to ensure all the money collected from road-tax from 2020/21 to maintain and improve our roads.
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