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New Roads Fund for Safety

12 January 2017

The British Government has allocated £1.2 billion worth of road funding to councils to improve safety and cut congestion.

The funding to improve roads, cut congestion and improve journey times includes money from the new National Productivity Investment Fund, announced in the Autumn Statement and a Pothole Action Fund. It also includes £75 million which councils can bid for to repair and maintain local infrastructure such as bridges, street lighting and rural roads.

The government has published further information about what the funding will be spent on - the latest step in the economic plan to stimulate the economy and build a country that works for everyone. A key part of this is putting in place improved transport links including better roads, to help people access work, school and services.

The Safer Roads Fund totals £175m between 2017/18 and 2020/21. The Department for Transport has invited proposals from eligible local highway authorities to improve the safety of 50 specific sections of local A’ roads, where the risk of fatal and serious collisions is highest, based on the analysis by the Road Safety Foundation.

 

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