PACTS has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Right Honourable Phillip Hammond MP, ahead of this year’s Autumn Statement, asking him to ensure vital funding for road safety.
Capital investment is important but so too is resource spend. Without a sufficiently large and stable core of expert and experienced staff, it will not be possible to undertake the actions set out in the Statement. That in turn will jeopardise achievement of your Government’s manifesto commitment “to reduce the number of cyclists and other road users killed and injured every year”.
– David Davies, Executive Director, PACTS.
In the letter, which is available here in full (PACTS letter to Chancellor) PACTS urged the Government to provide:
- Adequate resource spending allocation to enable the Department for Transport to deliver the actions in the British Road Safety Statement;
- Adequate resource spending allocation to enable Highway England deliver its National Incident and Casualty Reduction Plan;
- A commitment to provide a ring-fenced budget for road safety in RIS2, to broadly match the £105m in RIS1;
- A new ring-fenced allocation for local safety schemes for local highway authorities – along the lines of the £250m Pothole Action Fund.