Road improvement work 'essential'

Fears over the UK's public finances should not stop improvements to roads across the country being made with the help of government spending, according to new research.

Investment in key road improvements, as well as to rail and airport infrastructure, in thirteen regional and national projects over the next five years would see the UK economy benefit to a sum of £85 billion, said the report from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

After speaking to businesses based across the UK, the BCC said firms thought the works were "essential to the future success and growth of their regional economies". Projects such as road improvements, London's Crossrail train link and a third runway at Heathrow airport should be delivered within the next decade with guaranteed funding, said the BCC.

Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said: "We're also investing in improving our motorways and major trunk roads and are continuing to develop road schemes announced last January."

BCC director general David Frost said: "Transport infrastructure cuts must not become a politically convenient way to slash spending after an election, especially when there are huge savings to be made in far larger budgets, including health, education and welfare."

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