Chris Ames 05 October 2023

No dates for HS2 pothole cash

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The Department for Transport (DfT) has admitted it does not have a timescale for the billions of pounds for road resurfacing that it announced on the back of the decision to curtail HS2, suggesting that the claim may merely be a pre-announcement of future routine funding.

On Wednesday the Government announced new transport spending for all regions of the country, ‘as a result of’ what it called ‘the decision to scrap the extension of HS2’.

This included £3.3bn ‘long-term road resurfacing fund’ for the North, £2.2bn for the Midlands to combat potholes, and unstated amounts of ‘funding to combat potholes causing misery for drivers’ in other regions.

Prime minister Rishi Sunak pledged to spend ‘every single penny’ of what he said was the £36bn saved by curtailing HS2 on transport projects.

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