Following recent research by the County Councils Network (CCN) uncovered that the East Midlands are having the lowest spend on roads of any Region in the country; Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins, has slammed the Government for “letting down motorists and businesses in the East Midlands”.
The results published by CCN show that per mile expenditure on roads is the lowest in the East Midlands at just £21,276, whilst Councils in London are able to spend £62,350 per mile, almost three times as much. England’s eight ‘core cities’ are able to invest £57,241 per mile.
Toby said, “The huge disparity in expenditure between the major cities and our county roads shows how the Government have let down the towns and shires of the Midlands. The lack of investment in East Midlands roads means we are the ones having to deal with potholes and substandard surfaces. This impacts on commuting times, causes more damage to vehicles and means businesses are less likely to want to move to the East Midlands.
The next round of annual capital pothole funding will be announced soon and I am calling on the Government to invest all £500m of this in the East Midlands and other areas that are being left behind. But the County Council also needs an increase in regular funding from Central Government that provides the County with the money needed to repair and improve our roads.”