Thursday, December 14th 2017
Roads minister Jesse Norman has today revealed details on some extra cash for roads, some of which will devolve specifically to cycling. There will be £151m to help local councils manage their roads better, an extension to the Cycling and Walking to work fund, and £4m for the Cycle Rail programme. In addition, there will be a £46m top-up for the Pothole Action Fund.
The announcement was made by Norman during a speech in York earlier today.
The DfT says 1 million potholes will be repaired with the top-up cash and will also be used for highways maintenance, developing new technologies to improve highways resilience.
Norman was in York to see the progress of the pothole-spotter trial and a new e-bike, which will be 11th vehicle to have cameras fitted to it as part of the cycling to work pilot, which is also running in Thurrock and Wiltshire.
The trial sees high-definition cameras fitted to bicycles, buses and bin lorries to monitor road conditions. It gives councils detailed information so they can fill potholes when they occur as well as plan resurfacing works and help prevent potholes and other road defects, says the DfT.
“People need great roads to get about, do business and see friends and family. We’re investing record amounts at present to improve the condition of our roads, so drivers and cyclists don’t have to dodge potholes to travel safely.