Dominic Browne 25 November 2015

Spending Review: Osborne creates £250m local pothole fund

Spending Review: Osborne creates £250m local pothole fund image

Chancellor George Osborne made transport investment a major plank of his spending plans once again, with a range of local commitments including an eye-catching £250m local pothole fund.

Mr Osborne confirmed that more than £5bn would be spent on roads maintenance this parliament, as well as £250m towards a 'permanent' pothole fund over the next five years for local roads and £13.4bn on the Roads Investment Strategy for the trunk network.

A worse than expected 37% cut in the Department for Transport’s (DfT) operational budget was offset with a planned 50% increase in capital expenditure for the DfT - rising to a total of £61bn.

‘It means the construction of HS2 to link the Northern Powerhouse to the South can begin. The electrification of lines like the Trans-Pennine, Midland Main Line and Great Western can go ahead. We’ll fund our new Transport for the North to get it up and running and London will get an £11bn investment in its transport infrastructure,’ Mr Osborne said.

There will also a £300m commitment to cycling and a £250m cash pot has been earmarked for Kent to provide facilities to ease the burden of Operation Stack - the stacking of lorries on the M20 motorway when services across the English Channel are disrupted.

In a statement, Treasury officials said there would also be £475m over the parliament to fund large local transport projects, ‘enabling local areas to bid for funding for projects that would be too expensive for them to pay for by themselves, such as the Lowestoft Third River Crossing and the North Devon Link Road’.

There will also be £300m for a new Transport Development Fund, for potential future projects such as Crossrail 2 and proposals emerging from Transport for the North.

The government is building on the progress already made by Transport for the North (TfN) by:

  • providing £150m to support the delivery of smart and integrated ticketing across local transport and rail services in the North. TfN will produce a regional implementation plan, working in partnership with the DfT, by Budget 2016.
  • extending the Summer Budget 2015 commitment to fund the operation of TfN, with a total of £50m now committed over this Parliament. This support TfN as it develops region-wide plans

Transport users will also benefit from new powers to claim compensation from their rail tickets if their train is more than 15 minutes late and the Government will make it harder for people to claim compensation ‘for exaggerated or fraudulent whiplash claims’ under plans to reduce annual insurance costs for drivers by between £40 to £50 a year.

Elsewhere in infrastructure investment £2.3bn will be spent on over 1,500 flood defence schemes across the country protecting 300,000 homes.

Highways jobs

Senior Manager – Older Adults – Residential Care

Cumbria County Council
£68,709 - £71,218
This pivotal role requires leadership and management of the Council's twenty in house Residential Care services Carlisle, Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Co-ordinators

Buckinghamshire Council
£30,874 - £37,188 per annum
Interested in a career as an EHC Coordinator? Come along to our drop-in event to meet members of the SEND team and find out more about the role! England, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury
Recuriter: Buckinghamshire Council

Interim Head of Housing and Regulatory Services

Tile Hill
£400-800 per day
Interim Head of Housing role working with an award winning council in the North West. North West
Recuriter: Tile Hill

Senior Technical Officer

Newport City Council
£30,507 - £33,799
We are pleased to be seeking individuals to fill a new Senior Technical Officer post within Highways.    Newport (Casnewydd)
Recuriter: Newport City Council

Assistant Director – Digital & Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Wigan Council
Competitive Salary
The next phase of our digital journey must also reflect the ambitions across our organisations to drive forward at pace our agendas Wigan, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Wigan Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine