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London loses out while counties win most of £420m roads funding

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London boroughs have received the smallest share, and county councils the biggest, of the £420m extra funding for roads repairs announced in the Budget, LGC analysis reveals.

While county councils are to collectively receive just over half the total funding pot (£230m) announced by chancellor Philip Hammond earlier this month, London’s 32 boroughs have been allocated just £17.2m between them.

The allocations were buried in the Department for Transport’s roads funding information pack, published on Monday.

LGC analysis of the allocations shows the north west is to receive the greatest funding for roads repairs when considered as a proportion of the length of road each area is responsible for. London is set to receive the least. 

The average amount allocated to local authorities was £2.76m.

Proportion of £420m funding per mile, by region

Proportion of £420m funding per mile, by region
RegionProportion funding per mile
North West £2,280
East of England £2,270
East Midlands £2,270
South East £2,253
North East £2,179
Yorkshire & Humber £2,139
South West £2,138
West Midlands £2,097
London £1,926

Looking at individual authorities, while Tower Hamlets LBC, which received £539,000 extra funding for roads repairs, came out on top as receiving proportionately the most funding when looked at in relation to the total length of road for which it is responsible. It received £1,703 extra per mile of road it oversees, a measure on which Wandsworth LBC which received the least - £1,337 per mile of road.

On this measure of funding per mile London boroughs made up all of the bottom 10 councils.

Areas which received the most roads funding as a proportion of miles of roads they are responsible for

Roads funding as a proportion of miles of roads an area is responsible for
Local authorityTotal road length (miles)Share of £420m from BudgetProportion funding per mile
Tower Hamlets LBC 177 £539,000 £3,039
Brighton & Hove City Council 389 £1,163,000 £2,991
Milton Keynes Council 775 £2,271,000 £2,931
Halton BC 360 £988,000 £2,748
Cheshire East Council 1,751 £4,632,000 £2,645
City of London Corporation 34 £91,000 £2,638
Reading BC 248 £653,000 £2,632
Bracknell Forest Council 290 £754,000 £2,601
Sandwell MBC 547 £1,422,000 £2,598
Hertfordshire CC 3,039 £7,892,000 £2,597

County councils dominated in terms of receiving the most amount of funding in absolute terms. Devon CC received the most (£18.7m) followed by Lincolnshire (£13.7m), Norfolk (£12.6m), Kent (£12.1m) and Cumbria (£12m) CCs.

Richard Davies (Con), Lincolnshire’s executive member for highways, said: “While this extra funding is very welcome, it’s nowhere near the hundreds of millions of pounds we’d need to bring our roads up to the standard we’d like. That’s why we’ll continue to push the government for fairer funding for Lincolnshire.

“If councils here received the average funding for council areas in England, the region would benefit from £116m of extra funding for services every year – some of which could be used towards highways repairs. That would make a massive difference.”

The following five London boroughs received the least in absolute terms: City of London Corporation (£91,000), Kensington & Chelsea RBC (£230,000), Hammersmith & Fulham (£274,000), Islington (£295,000) and Hackney (£320,000) LBCs.

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