£15 billion road investment 01 Dec 2014

80+ schemes outlined as part of biggest road investment for a generation

The government has announced where the much of the £15 billion road investment planned for the next parliament will be spent.

A total of 84 new schemes have been outlined including improvements to the A303, A27, A1 and M62.

Responding to the news, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

“This is not about concreting over the countryside with new roads but upgrading many existing routes which have been the source of misery to motorists for years if not decades. That the government is investing money along whole lengths of roads and not just a mile or two here and there is to be welcomed.

“Roads like the A303, A1, A27 and A47 are seared into drivers’ consciousness for the congestion and accidents that routinely litter their course.

“The benefits won’t be felt overnight because much of the work will take place towards the end of the next parliament, but we now have a commitment of funding and a firm list of schemes that the money will be spent on.

“For the first time in a long time it seems as if we have a roads strategy and not just a series of piecemeal announcements and schemes."

ENDS

Contact:

Philip Gomm – Head of External Communications – RAC Foundation

philip.gomm@racfoundation.org | 020 7747 3445 | 07711 776448 | 020 7389 0601 (ISDN)

Notes to editors:

The RAC Foundation is a transport policy and research organisation that explores the economic, mobility, safety and environmental issues relating to roads and their users. The Foundation publishes independent and authoritative research with which it promotes informed debate and advocates policy in the interest of the responsible motorist.

The RAC Foundation is a registered charity, number 1002705.

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