The Government has published new legislation to encourage investment in Britain’s infrastructure.
The Infrastructure Bill is designed, in part, to “create stable long-term funding for work on the country’s major road network”.
Measures in the Bill include turning the Highways Agency into a Government-owned company which will be “more accountable to Parliament and road users”, and putting an end to “unreasonable and excessive delays on projects which already have been granted planning permission”.
Patrick McLoughlin, transport secretary, said: “This Bill will hugely boost Britain’s competitiveness in transport, energy provision, housing development and nationally significant infrastructure projects.
“These powerful new measures will drive investment, making it easier, quicker and simpler to get Britain building for the future.”
The joint Bill was published by the DfT on behalf of the Land Registry; Energy and Climate Change; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Communities and Local Government. Its provisions have been developed following several reviews and extensive consultation.