2 November 2021 | Our Work

Autumn Budget and Spending Review: LCRIG welcomes investment in local roads

The Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) has welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s commitment to invest in improving transport and infrastructure in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review.

To deliver on the Government’s commitment to level up the whole UK, last week’s announcement included £5.7 billion for London-style transport settlements in English city regions over five years including Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region and the West Midlands.

The Spending Review confirmed £2.6 billion between 2020-2025 for a long-term pipeline of over 50 local roads upgrades, over £5 billion for local roads maintenance; and funding for buses, cycling and walking totalling more than £5 billion in England over the Parliament.

Will Britain, President of LCRIG, said: “It is obvious that there must be a move to long-term funding for local roads. Whilst many of our members will welcome the fact that more than £5bn has been set aside for local roads maintenance, it is important that LCRIG continue to lobby Government so that the work of local highway teams is recognised and reflected through funding which will subsequently ensure that road users see improved highways maintained to a standard that people expect and deserve.

“At LCRIG we continue to play our part in encouraging innovation and collaboration amongst local authorities and the supply chain. Maintaining the long-term resilience of roads is a challenge. Authorities welcome the necessary funding required to maintain and improve the assets and networks they are responsible for because having access to a long-term funding pot allows them to prioritise accordingly for the benefit of all road users.”