The Conservative Party has insisted that investment in Britain’s road network will be “the big thing that will decide our country’s future”. Transport minister Patrick McLoughlin said yesterday (30 September) at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester that the government had already committed £9.2bn to local councils to fix issues such as potholes, problem roundabouts and slip-roads and was looking to do more. Earlier this week the Department for Transport said it would make a further £80m of funding available […]
The government is to part-privatise the roads in a bid to attract much needed investment for the UK’s creaking transport network. Prime Minster David Cameron will announce a feasibility study during a speech at the Institute of Civil Engineers later today. In a bid to raise millions in investment, foreign companies would be invited to sign long leases to run motorways and major A-roads. The model would be much the same that used for the UK’s water and sewage supply […]
A piecemeal, stop-go approach to funding for road maintenance has made it difficult for highways authorities to deliver maintenance cost-effectively over recent decades, the Public Accounts Committee has said.