County Council values Government investment in transport infrastructure

Hampshire County Council has given a cautious welcome to the recent Government announcement on additional funding for highways maintenance and for tackling priority safety routes across the country.

Dec 2 2016

Hampshire is in line for just over £2million from the Government’s Pothole Fund, but at the same time is having to find revenue savings of over £5million in the highways maintenance service as a result of continued Government funding reductions.

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council said: “It’s good news that the Government has recognised the problem of potholes on the country’s roads, but a great deal more investment is needed if we are to successfully tackle the backlog of repairs nationally.

“Whilst I welcome any additional Government funding for Hampshire, the £2million we have been allocated is not enough to address the issues we face, and continuing cuts in central government funding for Council services are forcing us to make difficult decisions around priorities and service reductions.

“With the huge sums Government receives from motorists through various taxes, we believe that more money must be made available to help tackle the state of roads across the country. In Hampshire, our asset management approach means we make good use of the resources we have. The County Council puts an extra £10million of investment in each year through our Operation Resilience programme and we make the funding go as far as we can, by looking at the long term structure of the road, putting our efforts into long term repairs and preventative measures instead of more expensive reactive work.”

“I’m of course pleased to see that the Government is supporting our focus on Highway safety, and taking a priority targeted approach. I look forward to continuing to work with them to see what additional funding is available, and what measures can be taken on these identified routes. Safety comes first, which is why we focus our resources on where we know they will make the biggest difference.”

The three stretches of road in Hampshire included in the Government’s breakdown are:

  • A27 – 6.3 miles from junction 11 to junction 12 of the M27. The Eastern part of this is in Portsmouth
  • A32 – 10.8 miles south of junction 10 of the M27, Fareham to Gosport Town Centre
  • A36 – 6.8 miles from the Southampton City Council boundary to junction 2 of the M27, with the Southern section running through Totton Town Centre