thanks to£14.2m funding announced today by transport minister
from those local authorities in the worst affected areas and
demonstrates the government's commitment to ensuring that our roads
remain in a good state of repair and are safe for all road users.
Eight local authorities in the South East and East of England whose
roads were worst hit by the weather will share in the money. These
Isle of Wight£1.2m
East of England
Mr McNulty said:
'During the exceptionally hot and dry conditions, clay and peaty
soils underlying the roads shrank causing them to subside leading to
deformation of the road surface and severe cracking.
'The announcement of this funding demonstrates the government's
commitment to working closely with local authorities to ensure that
our roads remain in a good state of repair and do not endanger road
users. I am pleased that the department has been able to provide the
worst hit local authorities with additional funding to repair the
1. In providing money for drought damaged roads, the Department for
Transport is responding to requests from local authorities. The money
is to be made available from the contingency reserve.
2. A number of other local authorities, mainly in the South East and
the East of England, applied for supplementary funding for drought
damaged roads. Only those authorities whose costs exceeded 15% of
their formulaic capital allocation for highway maintenance in the
2004/05 Local Transport Plan settlement for were considered eli gible.
This is the same approach as was taken in 2001 when the government
compensated local authorities whose roads had been damaged by