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Drivers in Hampshire will not see the benefits of the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s new vehicle excise duty road fund.

The money will only be allocated to trunk roads and motorways, with local authorities not receiving any of the grants.

This is despite 98 per cent of the UK’s road network being represented by local roads.

Last year Hampshire drivers paid more than £160m in vehicle excise duty.

Chief executive of the Roads Surface Treatments Association Howard Robinson said: ‘It is unfortunate that the majority of roads used by the majority of traffic will not benefit from this fund.

‘The road fund should be used to invest in both the national and local road network.’