Invest in roads to fix pinch points
Last updated: 03:17pm 8 December 2019
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.24
We will continue to invest in roads to fix pinch points and open up opportunities for new housing and local growth.
The ‘pinch points’ referred to in this policy are known locations of regular traffic congestion on roads which lead to longer journey times and increased health and safety hazards. In 2013, the government established a Local Pinch Point Fund, investing £262 million in 112 local projects to remove bottlenecks over two years. This policy promises to continue investing in roads to fix pinch points.
In 2017, the government allocated £244 million to 75 projects to fix pinch points through a number of programmes, including the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).
In October 2018, the government published its Budget, announcing a competitive fund for local authorities to help address congestion pinch points and to reduce congestion on local roads.
Following this, in July 2019, the government launched the 2019 local pinch point fund. The fund is £150 million in total, with £75 million to be allocated in each financial year, 2021-22 and 2022-23.
Alongside this pinch point-focused initiative, the government has continued to invest in the road network more broadly (see “Related Policy” below).
We found promises to continue with specific pinch point funding from 2021 onwards, but no evidence of investment between 2017 and 2020. We think if a government promises to invest to fix pinch points, fully honouring that promise requires actual investment in pinch point-related projects “during” its term of office. However, on the basis that wider investment in roads has been ongoing, we’re giving this a status of ‘in progress’.
Continue to invest in the facts!
- Local pinch point fund: guidance for applicants 2019 – Gov.uk
- National Pinch Point Programme – one year after evaluation meta analysis – Gov.uk
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