HC Deb 11 March 2004 vol 418 cc1641-2W
Mr. Chope

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason no regulations have been introduced under section 78 of the New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991 to require statutory undertakings to contribute to resurfacing costs. [159731]

Mr. Jamieson

Over recent years research has been undertaken by the Transport Research Laboratory, on behalf of my Department, examining the effect of utility trenching on the long-term performance of roads. Any decision on whether to make regulations under section 78 of the 1991 Act will be taken in the light of this and other evidence collected into the effect on the quality of roads of works carried out by statutory undertakers.

The Traffic Management Bill contains more explicit provision supplementing the general powers in section 78, so that, should a decision be taken that it would be appropriate for utilities and others to £million

Outturn Forecast


1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04
Highways agency1 318 300 427 491 413
Local authorities outside London2 94 118 104
London (TfL)3 23 17 10
Total 318 300 544 626 527
1Highways Agency expenditure is that on, major road schemes costing over £5 million. It also includes spend on trunk roads in London until July 2000.
2 Local Authority spend is the value of Credit Approvals issued to support major local road schemes over £5 million. The Department does not hold figures for road building projects prior to the year 2001 when its database was set
3London spend is Transport for London's expenditure on major road schemes over £5 million. TfL, has been responsible for road improvements in London since July 2000
1. Road building projects outside of England are the responsibility of the devolved administrations.
2. All figures are rounded to the nearest million.

The 10 Year Plan for Transport provided for a balance of investment between roads, public transport and railways. Future spending is being reviewed as part of Spending Review 2004. In respect of switching funds from road to rail, we would consider this following the outcome of SR2004 and the rail review.

Mr. Flook

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money has been spent by the Highways Agency on non-motorway roads in(a) Somerset, (b) Dorset, (c) Devon, (d) Cornwall, (e) North Somerset, (f) Wiltshire, (g) Bristol (h) Bath and North East Somerset, (i) South Gloucestershire and (j) Gloucestershire in each year since 1990. [160499]

contribute towards the cost of putting right any damage caused to roads by works, then these costs can be fairly shared between the relevant parties.