General debate on road safety, House of Commons, 5 November 2018

Local authorities take road safety very seriously, and work hard to keep local roads safe by maintaining and improving them. It is vitally important that commuters, businesses, residents and visitors can travel safely and easily within our local areas.

  • We were pleased to see the Government announce £420 million in the Budget for local authorities in 2018/19.i This money will be used to fill potholes, repair damaged roads, and invest in keeping bridges open and safe. There is currently a £9.3 billion roads repair backlog.
  • The Government should fully implement part six of the Traffic Management Act 2004 across all areas. This would help councils to keep enforce moving traffic offences to ensure rules designed to keep vulnerable road users safe are upheld.
  • Only long-term and consistent investment in local road maintenance can allow councils to embark on the widespread improvement of our roads that is desperately needed. This would improve safety for all road users up and down the country, as well as non-road users such as pedestrians.

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