IN THE SLOW LANE

The article examines the prospects for expenditure on roads by local authorities in the UK, and predicts what work will be available in this sector. The Department of Transport (DoT) continues to allocate Transport Supplementary Grant money (TSG) for: (1) bridgeworks; (2) structural maintenance of certain roads; and (3) safety schemes. The UK's county and metropolitan authorities are struggling to come to terms with an overall reduction in funds. Highways authorities are now required to treat structural repairs of all their principal roads as capital expenditure. Thus there have been warnings that funds will be shifted to main roads, at the expense of lower class or unclassified roads. The Association of Metropolitan Authorities has two principal concerns: (1) their total allocation of funds for roads is too low; and (2) maintenance on non-principal roads is suffering. The latter effect is due to a combination of cuts in capital spending and the slower than usual rise in Standard Spending Assessments for road maintenance. The Government has also been reducing TSGs and substituting borrowing approvals, which could in practice mean further loss of money. An area of controversy is the high expense of additional bridge works, to meet the European requirement to carry 40t lorries by 1 January 1999.

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    Reed Business Information, Limited

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  • Authors:
    • REEDS, J
  • Publication Date: 1994-9-28

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 25-6
  • Serial:
    • CONTRACT JOURNAL
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-7859

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00725469
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 26 1996 12:00AM