BBC Breakfast today reported that the cost of fixing Britain's potholes could run to £10 billion. Clearly the problem has been building up for some time. But how does income from motorists compare with expenditure for their benefit?
The 2011 budget shows that in 2009-10, the government extracted £26.2 billion in Fuel Duties, and £5.6 billion in Vehicle Excise Duties. Even without considering the VAT on fuel, cars, car parts, and maintenance, we're looking at over £31 billion.
Of that £31 billion, how much is spent repairing roads?
This spreadsheet from the Department for Transport shows maintenance expenditure by road class for 2009/10:
|All purpose trunk roads and motorways||£1.3 billion|
|Non-trunk roads||£3.2 billion|
|Local authority motorway and 'A' roads||£1.1 billion|
|Local authority other roads||£2.1 billion|
So what happened to the other £23.3 billion?