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Pothole in the rain

LGA: Funding for almost 10 million pothole repairs this year lost from council budgets

Over 9.5 million potholes could be repaired or prevented by councils with the funding lost from local road maintenance budgets this year – the equivalent of 64,000 repairs in every local council area.

Pothole in the rain

LGA: Road funding drop this year could pay for 9.5 million pothole repairs

The Government’s £2.5 billion Pothole Repair Fund - announced in the Budget - will help councils to do more to maintain our roads this year and will go a long way to help tackling our local road repairs backlog.

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LGA responds to government bus strategy

"We are pleased the Government is investing in improving local bus services, and it is good this strategy recognises the important role of councils".

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LGA responds to RAC Foundation press release on substandard bridges

“Bridges are a vital part of our highways infrastructure that connect communities and business. Councils are doing their best to ensure they are well maintained and withstand extreme weather. However, this is becoming increasingly challenging in the face of a backlog of nearly £10 billion to bring our roads up to scratch.”

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LGA responds to additional Spending Review funding for road repairs

“This new investment is good news and will help councils to support their communities and help tackle our local road repairs backlog."

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LGA: Concessionary fare funding being used to prop up private bus companies

The LGA is calling on the Department for Transport to end emergency measures forcing councils to fund concessionary bus fares at pre-COVID19 travel levels, amid concern about its sustainability and the impact it is having on council budgets being stretched by the pandemic.

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LGA responds to AA report on council road repairs

“It would take almost £10 billion for councils to bring our local roads up to scratch. It is vital that the Spending Review provides the funding councils need to tackle the growing backlog of repairs which councils face.”

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LGA responds to NAO report on improving local bus services

“Bus services have a critical role to play in the national recovery from COVID-19 and beyond, through supporting local economies, tackling poor air quality and congestion and reaching the country’s net-zero carbon targets by 2050."

Pavement and yellow line road

LGA responds to DFT consultation on pavement parking

The LGA has long-called for the ban on pavement parking to be extended to all areas of England, with councils able to make exemptions, so we are pleased government has launched this consultation.

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LGA responds to cycling and walking measures

“It is councils who know their local areas best, so they should be given the freedom to work with their local communities to get on with planning active travel infrastructure such as cycling schemes."