FTA seeks details on PM's £15bn 'roads revolution'
12 November 2014
The Freight Transport Association has supported the Prime Minister’s announcement promising a revolution for the UK road network that has suffered from under-funding.
David Cameron stated that plans for the biggest road building programme for almost half a century, will be unveiled in next month's Autumn Statement, and contain a £15 billion overhaul of 100 of Britain's busiest roads and motorways by the end of the decade.
FTA has said that it waits with interest to see the detailed plans of the Autumn Statement on 3 December to discover the exact type of infrastructure that is outlined within the proposed plans within it.
Speaking at the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference, Mr Cameron said that the Government will embark on the "biggest, boldest and most far-reaching road improvement programme” for 40 years.
Malcolm Bingham, FTA’s Head of Road Network Management Policy said: "FTA believes that the UK’s roads networks have suffered from underfunding from successive governments. This is supported by our own research in which FTA members reported a deterioration in the reliability of the road network compared with 12 months ago. With an almost 30 per cent decrease in reliability of the motorway network and over 40 per cent decrease in local authority roads performance, urgent investment is needed to improve journey reliability on major routes.”
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