Spending review outlines improvements to UK transport infrastructure

12.00 | 28 June 2013 | | 2 comments

Plans for a £100bn modernisation of the UK’s infrastructure include improvements to transport comprising essential road maintenance (BBC News).

The package plans to put “long-term priorities before short-term political pressures,” said Danny Alexander, treasury minister.

While the first £50bn is committed to infrastructure projects starting in 2015-16, the rest is for the period from 2016 to 2020.

Among the main funding commitments is £28bn for road improvements, which includes £10bn for essential maintenance.

Mr Alexander said £10bn would be spent on dealing with the UK’s "decaying" road network, with 21,000 miles of roads to be resurfaced and new lanes to be added to the busiest stretches of motorways.

Mr Alexander said the spending on roads was equivalent to the cost of filling 19m potholes.

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    This appears to be good news. A huge investment in roads infrastructure is probably needed and would be a good use of public taxes. But it won’t start for another 2 years so we will have to wait a long time to see the benefits (and have to pay for them). Is this based on the hope that the economy will have picked up by then and will therefore be able to support such spending?

    Dave Finney, Slough
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    Will this funding be used to educate drivers how to use the road network safely or will road safety funding be cut like other government departments?

    Liam, Essex
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