‘Scrap HS2 to pay for pot­holes’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE leader of the county coun­cil has slammed pre­vi­ous Gov­ern­ments for “un­der-in­vest­ing” in the na­tion’s roads, and made a fresh call to scrap HS2 plans in or­der to fund pot­hole re­pairs.

Coun­cil­lor Martin Tett took to so­cial me­dia call­ing for road re­pairs to be made a “na­tional pri­or­ity” as the cost is “way be­yond lo­cal govern­ment”.

Last week it was an­nounced that Bucks will re­ceive £1.1 mil­lion from the Govern­ment to fix the county’s pot­holes - how­ever Cllr Tett fears it will not be enough to fully re­pair the roads.

The cab­i­net mem­ber for Lit­tle Chal­font and Amer­sham Com­mon also made fresh calls to throw out the high speed rail plans in or­der to raise funds to fix Buck­ing­hamshire’s de­cay­ing roads.

Writ­ing on Twit­ter, the Con­ser­va­tive leader said: “We have un­der­in­vested in our lo­cal roads un­der suc­ces­sive Gov­ern­ments. Cost to fix is way be­yond lo­cal govern­ment.

“Fix­ing our roads should be a na­tional pri­or­ity with long term fund­ing for resur­fac­ing over the next decade. Can think of a gi­ant project to can­cel to fund HS2”.

See p7 for the full story on pot­hole fund­ing

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