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CIPFA Highways and Transportation Estimates Statistics

February 2003

This publication contains information on planned expenditure in 2002-03 together with related statistics on the construction and maintenance of roads, the support of public transport and other matters relating to transportation.

In order to enable more meaningful comparisons to be made, grossed totals are included for each class of authority from page 18 to 53 and pages 60 to 61. These take into account missing information and non-response. This has been effected by referring to information returned by authorities to last year's Highways Estimates Survey. Where a return has not been received from an authority the total will be derived by attributing the same level of increase among the class average for responders, to the information observed by the authority in the previous year. Where this figure is also missing, then the totals and distribution are scaled to the per capita class average.

In 2002-03 local authorities in England and Wales are expecting total capital and current expenditure on highways and transportation to amount to 5,758m compared to 4,623m in 2001-02, an increase of 24.6% over the last year. Within this, total current expenditure is expected to increase by 808 million (30.7%) whilst capital expenditure is expected to increase over the same period by 327 million (16.5%). Table 1 on page 3 illustrates. Figure 1 analyses expenditure over the past five years.

The most significant area of current expenditure is on the maintenance of highways. As illustrated in Figure 2 this accounts for 1,350m, (39.2%) of local authorities' 2002-03 expenditure plans. Expenditure on the maintenance of highways is expected to rise by 180m (15.4%).

Figure 3 shows how the resources will be used and provides a comparison between principal roads and other local authority maintained roads. Maintenance expenditure in Figure 3 excludes expenditure by Non-Metropolitan Districts.

Readers are requested to refer to the general notes and the notes on individual authorities before attempting to interpret the statistics.

Summary of all Authorities' 2002/03 Estimates (excluding GLA)
Estimated Net Expenditure - Five Year Trends (excluding GLA)
Summary of all Authorities' 2002/03 Expenditure Plans
Use of Maintenance Resources 2002/03 (Excludes expenditure by Non-Metropolitan Districts).

February 2003

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