Labours says it will fix a million potholes a year in England

The Labour Party has said it would give “multi-year funding settlements to local leaders” to fix roads, if it was to be elected into Government.

Its election manifesto, released tomorrow (13th June), said the extra money for roads would end what it described a ‘sticking plaster’ approach to repairs over the last decade.

Earlier this year, the government promised to put £8.3bn into road repairs between this year and 2034, which was also announced in the Tory manifesto, published earlier this week.

Labour said its plan would mean an additional £320m over five years on top of this, which it said would be funded by deferring the planned A27 Arundel bypass in Sussex.

Labour said its analysis indicated that pothole damage cost drivers nearly £500m last year, with the average repair charge worth around £250, reports the BBC.

As part of its drive to fix roads, the party pledged to break down planning barriers to make sure vital infrastructure upgrades were delivered on time and within budget.

Labour also committed to tackle rising car insurance costs by ensuring regulators cracked down on the causes of rising prices.

Shadow Transport Secretary Louse Haigh accused the Conservatives of failing motorists, arguing “Labour is the only party truly on the side of drivers”.

She said the government had “left Britain’s roads plagued with potholes”, accusing the Tories of having “sat back as car insurance costs have spiralled out of control”.

“We will make our roads safer for all who use them and remove the barriers which bog down our planning system, speeding up infrastructure improvements and cutting costs for taxpayers.”

The Conservative manifesto on Monday contained a pledge to bring forward some of its previously announced £8.3bn to tackle potholes in England.



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