There are no hidden plans to create new Trans-European motorways in the United Kingdom, Robert Key, Minister for Ro...
There are no hidden plans to create new Trans-European motorways in the United Kingdom, Robert Key, Minister for Roads and Traffic said today. Mr Key was speaking after opening the PIARC British National Congress in Brighton on 'Links Across Europe'.
Addressing public concerns about the Trans-European Road Network (TERN) agreed in Brussels on 29 October, he said; 'There is no secret about TERN. It has been under discussion in the Community since the agreement in Maastricht in 1991, of which it forms part. Select Committees of both Houses of Parliament considered these proposals in October 1992 and a further memorandum was laid before Parliament in May this year.'
Also, being part of TERN will not necessarily bring extra funding. There is no commitment on the Community, or Member States for that matter, to fund projects. But we do recognise that a good network of international roads is essential for improving Community trade. It will bring benefits to all Member States. That is why we agreed to it.'