Department of Transport Answer to my Written Parliamentary Question on Road Maintenance

The Department for Transport has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (2439):

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department plans to provide to Wokingham Borough Council for (a) fixing potholes and (b) other road maintenance in the (i) 2023-24 and (ii) 2024-25 financial year. (2439)

Tabled on: 20 November 2023

Guy Opperman:

The Department will provide Wokingham Borough Council with a total of £8.053 million for highways maintenance activities over the two years in question. The funding can be spent on activities including (a) fixing potholes and (b) other road maintenance in the (i) 2023-24 and (ii) 2024-25 financial years.

A Written Ministerial Statement has been laid in both Houses, and the Secretary of State has written out to Parliamentary colleagues advising them of the uplift to highways maintenance funding. In addition, officials from my Department will be writing out to all Chief Executives confirming their grant funding allocations shortly.

The answer was submitted on 28 Nov 2023 at 14:24.


  1. Rod Evans
    November 28, 2023

    Rge devil is as ever in the details.
    Saying there will be £x millions available for repairing pot holes and ‘other road maintenance’ leaves a huge opportunity for the ongoing lane reductions chicanes, one way routes, road humps to slow and stop traffic etc.
    What is always amazing is the money to put up illuminated signs warning of a bend or telling drivers to slow down never seems to be in short supply?

  2. Yossarion
    November 28, 2023

    Gove today
    “it is the case that the Barnett formula ensures quite rightly that Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland recieve funding more generously per capita than England”.

    Is it time that immigration should have Barnett Consequences? Scotland should be nearer 8M population if they had taken thier fare share over the last fiffty years.

    1. paul cuthbertson
      November 28, 2023

      Just Stop Immigration. The “Trojan Horse” that is coming to a town / district near YOU

  3. Bloke
    November 28, 2023

    Spending on what is needed is more sensible than wasting it on HS2 was.

  4. paul cuthbertson
    November 28, 2023

    And how much of that money will be spent on TRUE Maintenance? Much will be diverted to useless projects for the LibTards.

  5. Derek
    November 28, 2023

    Is it not time for Councils/Government to buy the Pot Hole Repairer now available from JCB??

    1. Berkshire Alan
      November 30, 2023

      Ref JCB
      From an earlier comment by Councillor on this site earlier this year, it would seem Wokingham have trailed it, but it has limitations, not sure what those limitations are, but I am sure if genuine constructive feedback were given to JCB, then perhaps modifications could have been forthcoming.
      I am sure many of the roads in Wokingham are not too different to anywhere else, other than a few more white lines or coloured tarmac perhaps

  6. Bryan Harris
    November 29, 2023

    I suggest that HMG is spending a great deal more on cycleways than they are in maintaining general footpaths and roads.

    Our roads are a disgrace, and pavements potential hazards, but as long as money can be found for irrational white elephant projects that serve very few people, we will be left with an otherwise crumbling infrastructure.

  7. Berkshire Alan
    November 30, 2023

    Thank you for the question John, I would be interested to see where our local Council spend the money, is it restricted to designated Highways (main roads) or is it entirely up to the Council as to where it is spent.

    On another topic, why is the Government hading out over £500,000 to Wokingham for possible cycle improvement schemes, when few people use or take advantage of them.
    Another proposed 4 part consultation project on the A329 Reading road to replace an already existing two way cycle lane with a more expensive and hugely disruptive idea at huge expense, which will narrow the A329 and modify the free flowing Woosehill roundabout.

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