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LGA responds to Campaign for Better Transport bus funding report

"The recent funding announcements came as a disappointment for many councils, with more than half of the areas that applied for more support receiving no funding and over a third of the country’s population missing out."

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LGA responds to Sustrans report on pavement parking

“Pavement parking and damaged pavements is one of the biggest complaints from pedestrians – and not just in London. Similarly, repairing kerbs and pavements damaged by pavement parking is expensive and this funding could be better used to repair potholes, support local buses and provide more suitable parking."

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LGA statement on Queen’s Speech: Transport Bill

“Councils are determined to tackle climate change and are already supporting the transition to electric vehicles. It is good that the Queen’s Speech outlines ambitions to speed up this transition but councils need clarity about their role in delivering this change."

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LGA responds to Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy

“Councils are best-placed to ensure chargepoints are delivered in the right places and avoiding inappropriate or poor siting. All councils need to benefit and have full flexibility to maximise the impact of the funding."

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LGA responds to £150 million funding support for local bus services

"Bus passenger numbers remain far lower than they were pre-pandemic, so it is good that the Government has acted on calls from councils and operators to extend this funding. It will help protect bus and tram services ensuring people can get to work, visit family and access vital services while also helping to alleviate congestion, reduce harmful emissions in our communities and support local economies."

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Bus routes face axe unless emergency funding support extended

“Government funding has helped keep buses on the road, allowing operators to close the gap between the costs of providing local public transport and the reduced revenues from much lower numbers of passengers than normal"

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Investment in bus networks – LGA responds to Levelling Up White Paper Announcement

“A renewed emphasis on supporting improving public transport as part of the Levelling Up White Paper is important and councils will be seeking more clarity on what this will mean in practice and how this will be funded so they can plan for the future."

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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.

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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".