Londoners will enjoy smoother and safer journeys, as the Government today announces how London Boroughs, including Harrow, will benefit from £235 million in extra funding which has been redirected from HS2 to resurface roads across the capital over the next 11 years.
Allocations for each London Borough and Transport for London have today (Wednesday 20 December) been confirmed, allowing authorities to start spending immediately on vital road repairs, with £7.5 million of this funding set aside for next year.
The allocations are based on the size of the road network that local authorities and TfL maintain respectively. These include funding boosts over the next year of £354,000 for Hillingdon, £455,000 for Bromley and £368,000 for Barnet, with London Boroughs immediately receiving around 96% of the £7.5 million first-year funding, and TfL approximately 4%.
The funding allocation for Harrow in the Department for Transport’s announcement is as follows:
- 2023-24: £241,000
- 2024-25: £241,000
- Minimum additional funding between 2023-24 and 2033-34: £7,534,000
Harrow is set to receive a total of £7,534,000 over the period from 2023-24 to 2033-34 to improve and maintain its road network.
Last month, the Transport Secretary announced the total amount of additional funding that will be provided to maintain London’s roads over the next eleven years which will improve journey times and could save motorists up to £440 in vehicle repairs to fix the damage caused by potholes.
The funding is part of an £8.3 billion plan – enough to resurface over 5,000 miles of roads across England. This is the largest ever investment into road repairs and improvements and part of the Government’s Network North pledge to improve journeys for all.
Councils will be held accountable for how they spend the money by being required to publish regular updates on the proposed works, and they could see future money withheld if they fail to do so.
Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “This Government is on the side of drivers and is investing £235 million to improve and repair London’s roads, part of the biggest-ever funding uplift for local road improvements.
“This funding is part of a long-term, 11-year plan to ensure road users across London have smoother, faster and safer journeys by using redirected HS2 funding to make the right long-term decisions for a brighter future.”
Londoners will see rapid improvements to the road network with £7.5 million made immediately available between now and the end of March, followed by a further £7.5 million in 2024/2025. The remainder of the £235 million boost extends until 2034, helping to maintain London’s roads for the next decade.
This week also saw the Government and TfL agree a new £250 million funding injection for 2024 to improve London’s transport system. The Government has been clear that this investment is for TfL to continue delivering its investment programme, including new trains for the Piccadilly line, a scheme which will support an estimated 700 skilled rail manufacturing jobs in Yorkshire and up to 2,000 more jobs in supply chains across the country.