Councils Cut Spending On Roads While Raking In The Profits On Parking

Wed 9th Jan 2019

With the state of Britain’s roads close to breaking point, a new survey has revealed that councils are cutting spending on local routes, but at the same time earning more each year from parking charges.

The budgetary imbalance was revealed by a Confused.com study which revealed a 21 per cent decrease in spending over the past four years, despite parking revenues being up £165million.

Recent studies have shown that the number of potholes is seemingly on the increase, the RAC suggesting that there has been a 33 per cent increase in the reporting of potholes over the last two years and more than half a million potholes were registered on Britain’s worsening roads.

Confused’s data shows that 101 of the 176 local authorities saw income increase from parking in the past five years and 87 reduced their spending on roads over the same period of time.

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, said: “While councils are justified in charging for parking and issuing fines for illegal parking, many motorists are confused about why this money isn’t being re-invested into our roads.

"Poor road condition is a major concern for drivers, with roads riddled with potholes and unclear markings, it’s no wonder drivers want councils to be putting more into making these better.

“Parking and other charges are a huge burden on motorists, when the cost of driving is already very expensive."

Newport was the biggest beneficiary of the rise in parking income, making £306,000 last year compared to just £16,000 in 2013/14.

Not all councils have reduced spending, Hackney actually saw a 65 per cent rise in spending to improve the road network. However, Confused.com’s survey found that 41 per cent of those surveyed had not noticed any improvements in the conditions of the roads.