Budget cuts mean fewer pothole repairs, says LGA
Money cut from local council budgets in the last nine years could have paid for repairs to nearly eight million potholes, the Local Government Association estimated.
It said the amount of money councils have been able to spend on routine road maintenance has fallen from £1.1 billion in 2009/10 to around £701 million in 2017/18 – a 37% reduction.
The LGA estimated that this reduction could have covered the cost of repairing 7.8 million potholes.
The LGA’s Transport spokesman, Cllr Martin Tett, said: “Potholes can be the bane of the motorist’s life. They can damage vehicles and cause accidents. Councils are on the side of the motorist, and are doing all they can to keep our roads safe and resilient, repairing potholes as quickly as they can. But unprecedented funding cuts have meant councils are increasingly limited in how much they can invest in looking after our country’s roads.”
He added: “It is not right that the Government spends 43 times per mile more on maintaining our national roads – which make up just 3% of all roads – than on local roads, which are controlled by councils and make up 97% of England’s road network.”
GCS shifting towards hybrid and petrol power with latest procurements
The Government is moving away from diesel and towards petrol and hybrid power with the latest procurements for its Government Car Service, analysis of official data by Company Car Today suggests.
The GCS provides a car service for ministers and other senior government figures within its departments. Since July 2015, it has procured 65 vehicles.
21 of those vehicles are Ford Mondeo Hybrids, while the Government took on five Range Rover Hybrids, two Nissan Leafs and five Jaguar I-Pace EVs during the same period.
In addition, the GCS took on 10 Honda CR-V EX 2.0 I-VTEC models, three Ford Galaxy 2.0-litre petrol models and two petrol-powered Jaguar F-Paces.
Just 13 diesels were taken on – eight Jaguar XJ LWB 3.0 Diesel Luxury vehicles, two Land Rover Discovery 3.0 HSE Auto models, two Jaguar F-Pace 2.0d 180ps Portfolio models and a single Land Rover Discovery 3.0 SDV6 Landmark Auto.
First Skoda Kamiq SUV rolls off production line
The first Skoda Kamiq SUV has rolled off the production line ahead of the first models arriving in the UK towards the end of the year.
The model is likely to take on the likes of the Citroen C3 Aircross and Seat Aroma. Largely deploying mini-me styling from the larger Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs, it will be the brand’s third SUV.