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Roads programme faces further cuts

THE roads programme faces cuts after the Government confirmed that its wholesale review will be based on an integrated transport policy. Transport Minister Gavin Strang promised early decisions on 12 schemes, including the Birmingham northern relief road, Salisbury bypass and A40 West London approach following closer scrutiny. Although cuts are likely, Labour will examine the need to manage traffic growth and invest in viable alternative modes of transport.

'The objective will be to determine the role which roads should play in an integrated transport policy and to establish a forward investment programme for the trunk road network in England,' said Strang. 'It will also consider the role which new technology and improved information systems can play and the impact which investment in roads could have on regional development.' Schemes currently under way would continue, but preparation on new schemes would be put on hold.

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