Commenting on today’s announcement by the Department for Transport of a £6.1bn programme of upgrades to major roads and motorways, Chris Richards, Head of Business Environment Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
“Today's announcement brings reassurance that post-election, the government remains committed to the Road Investment Strategy which has begun the task of fixing England's strategic road network. This is the backbone of the UK economy and the glue that holds the rest of the transport network together.
“Manufacturers consistently rate the UK's road network as their highest priority for infrastructure investment and while today's announcement provides certainty that the current Road Investment Strategy will continue, industry will be looking to government to make commitments to the second road investment strategy in this Parliament. This must include putting in place guaranteed funding through a VED-linked Roads Fund, which has been promised but not yet backed up by legislation.”