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ROAD REPAIRS DIVERTED BY GOVERNMENT CUTS, SAYS RAC

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Motoring organisation the RAC says that practical environment improvement measures are being shelved because of bli...
Motoring organisation the RAC says that practical environment improvement measures are being shelved because of blinkered government thinking, reports the Western Mail motoring section (p1).

The chancellor's last budget slashed a third off the roads programme, lessened the highways agency's road maintenance capability and led to the scrapping of environmental projects.

The signing project for London, which would have major environmental benefits was postponed because of lack of funds; environmentally sensitive proposals for a road tunnel at Stonehenge were rejected and the A40 road widening scheme was cancelled, subject to retendering as a PFI contract.

The RAC's budget submission calls for an amount equal to the revenue gained from motorists at this budget to be allocated for investment in transport and no further cuts to be made to the road programme.
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