Wednesday, March 11, 2020

UK to spend £27.4bn over next five years on roads

On the back of new chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of £27.4bn in investment for the UK’s roads in today’s budget, the Department of Transport has published its strategy for revamping the UK’s motorways and “A” roads. 
The funding will go towards the both the enhancement and repair of existing roads as well as completing a raft of prominent new projects around the country. 

Saturday, March 7, 2020

New Zealand car drivers are subsidized by rate-payers

But a surprisingly large amount don’t seem to know that driving does as well – 90% of roads in New Zealand are not fully funded out of fuel excise, but draw on local rates money as well (the exception being State Highways). Most times you drive your car you are not paying your own way, but are being subsidised by ratepayers.