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LGA: £1 billion could be spent fixing potholes on roads

Up to an extra £1 billion a year could be spent on fixing potholes and other road maintenance if the Government invested two pence per litre of existing fuel duty, the body that represents councils has suggested.

A car drives over a pothole on a road. Credit: Tim Goode/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Local Government Association (LGA) said investing fuel duty back into road maintenance would allow councils to bring the country's crumbling highways up to scratch within a decade.

The LGA, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, said that although the Government recently responded to calls for extra funding, it was "simply not enough", with local authorities only being able to "patch up" problems rather than carry out longer-term preventative work.


TRAVEL - TRAINS: Disruption to trains on South coast

Disruption on Southern between Southampton Central and Chichester, and between Southampton Central and Brighton due to person hit by a train at Cosham.

Disruption on First Great Western between Southampton Central and Portsmouth Harbour due to person hit by a train at Cosham.

Disruption on South West Trains between Portsmouth and Southsea and Southampton Central, between Portsmouth Harbour and Eastleigh, between Southampton Central and Petersfield and between Havant and Fareham due to person hit by a train at Cosham.

Fatal collision on M40 at Watlington in Oxfordshire

A man has died after the van he was driving was involved in a collision on the M40. The accident happened shortly before 7pm. The crash involved a HGV and a van in lane one of the southbound carriageway between junctions 6 at Watlington and 5 at Stokenchurch.

Junctions 6 to 5 southbound are closed and are expected to remain closed for approximately three hours. There is significant congestion on the M40 and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Signposted diversion routes via the A40 are currently in place.

Officers from Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Perry Knight from Roads Policing based at Bicester, via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 1300 18/6.

“I am appealing for any witnesses who saw the incident or saw the vehicles travelling prior to the collision to speak to police.

“I would urge motorists to be patient and to bear with us. Although there are diversions there will be a delay so they should take an alternative route if possible.”

– Sgt Carl Kneale, Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, Thames Valley Police

TRAVEL - TRAINS: Chiltern line Marylebone station shut

The closure of Marylebone station in London remains in place following a cable fire. A statement from Chiltern Railways explaining the problem said:

"Around 2 metres of signalling cable in the tunnel into the station has burned away meaning the signalling system is not working.

"Without signals we cannot safely run trains, so are not running to or from Marylebone until new cables are installed and tested. We are not sure how long this will take, but we may not be able to run until Monday morning.

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