Surrey calls for its share of Government’s new road fund
Posted: August 17, 2015|
“GIVE us our share of the roads fund,” that is the call from Surrey County Council to the Government.
John Furey, the council’s cabinet member for highways, has written to the Government calling for action to prevent the county’s roads missing out on a new fund.
Mr Furey wrote to Road Minister Andrew Jones MP after the county revealed a new dedicated roads fund was not set to be spent on any of the 3,300 miles of road managed by the county.
The new fund, raised through vehicle excise duty, was announced by the Chancellor in his latest Budget but the small print indicates the money will only be spent on motorways and major A roads managed by Highways England.
Mr Furey said: “With the county’s drivers contributing £100 million in Vehicle Excise Duty every year and only getting £20 million back to invest in our roads it’s vital the minister takes action to ensure this new fund doesn’t bypass Surrey.”
“Given Surrey’s contribution to the UK economy and the fact that Government funding for our roads is dropping by about £1 million every year, my letter makes clear that a failure to change this proposal would not only let down Surrey residents and businesses but also threaten the financial recovery nationwide.”