Saturday 13 November 2010

Money cut for pothole repairs

The blight of potholes and cracked pavements is likely to get worse after Boris Johnson froze funding for local road maintenance [in Greater London].

The Mayor is reducing the money boroughs get for small-scale projects, including street repairs, by 22 per cent.

The amount given to local authorities by Transport for London will fall from £169 million in 2009/10 to £132 million in 2013/14.

Green Assembly member Darren Johnson said: “Local authorities are being squeezed by a combination of cuts imposed directly by central government and cuts passed on by the Mayor. Some of this pain could have been avoided if Boris had kept
the estimated £55 million generated by the western extension of the congestion charge.”