Dear Office of Rail and Road,

In your latest annual assessment of Highways England you report that Highways England has underspent its air quality budget - Spent £37m of £75m. As the previous year you reported this as £7m spend of £75m this is not credible.

As you are an independent regulator, can you confirm that you have independently checked this figure and whether the additional £30m was actually spent on air quality, and if so, what?

Yours faithfully,

Jack Pease

CCT Contact, Office of Rail and Road

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Dear Mr. Pease,

 

Thank you for your request, dated 28^th July for information as to whether
the figures in Highways England’s Annual Assessment on air quality spend
are correct.

 

We are handling your request under the terms of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (the Act).  Under the terms of the Act, you are entitled to a
response within 20 working days of receipt. We therefore aim to provide a
response no later than 25^th August 2020. If we cannot meet this deadline
we will let you know the reason and also tell you when you can expect a
response.

 

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Correspondence Team quoting the above reference.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

On behalf of the Customer Correspondence Team

 

Angela Palmer

Interim Senior Executive

 

 

 

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From: Jack Pease <[FOI #680214 email]>
Sent: 28 July 2020 11:11
To: CCT Contact <[ORR request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Highways England annual
assessment

 

Dear Office of Rail and Road,

In your latest annual assessment of Highways England you report that
Highways England has underspent its air quality budget - Spent £37m of
£75m. As the previous year you reported this as £7m spend of £75m this is
not credible.

As you are an independent regulator, can you confirm that you have
independently checked this figure and whether the additional £30m was
actually spent on air quality, and if so, what?

Yours faithfully,

Jack Pease

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CCT Contact, Office of Rail and Road

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Dear Mr. Pease,
 
I write in response to your request for information dated 28^th July 2020,
regarding the accuracy of the air quality spend figures in Highways
England’s Annual Assessment report, which  has been considered under the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act)
 
We can confirm that Highways England spent £38.7m in RP1 of their Air
Quality fund, which is 52% of their funding of £75m.  The figures
originate from Highways England’s performance monitoring statements, which
are internally audited and signed-off by Highways England’s Board:
[1]http://assets.highwaysengland.co.uk/Corp...
 
On Tab ‘F1’, line 23 columns C to G show the total spend on Air Quality
within RP1 was £38.7m.
 
Examples of the projects delivered through this fund as stated on Page 45,
Figure 3.12 of our Annual Assessment (linked here:
[2]https://orr.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_fil...
) include:
•             A schemes to encourage business to switch to electric vans
(initially in partnership with Leeds City Council)
•             Trials of air quality barriers
•             Rolling out a network of 60 automatic air quality monitoring
stations
 
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From: Jack Pease <[FOI #680214 email]>
Sent: 28 July 2020 11:11
To: CCT Contact <[ORR request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Highways England annual
assessment
 
Dear Office of Rail and Road,

In your latest annual assessment of Highways England you report that
Highways England has underspent its air quality budget - Spent £37m of
£75m. As the previous year you reported this as £7m spend of £75m this is
not credible.

As you are an independent regulator, can you confirm that you have
independently checked this figure and whether the additional £30m was
actually spent on air quality, and if so, what?

Yours faithfully,

Jack Pease

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