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Road improvements must start now, says RHA

Published: 01 July 2013  04:20 PM
Industry Channel: Transport & Distribution 

The Road Haulage Association has called for action now on road improvements to ensure that the UK haulage industry can deliver economic growth.

It welcomed the chief secretary to the treasury’s acknowledgement that millions of people rely on its road network, but added that UK businesses also do.

The announcement came after chancellor George Osborne revealed plans to invest billions into UK infrastructure, which were then outlined by chief secretary Danny Alexander.

“Of course we are pleased to hear that the treasury is to invest over £28 billion from 2014 until 2020 in enhancements and maintenance of national and local roads,” said RHA chief executive, Geoff Dunning.

But the RHA voiced concern that in some areas, repairs may come too late.

“The knock-on effects, coupled with under-investment in maintenance over many years, have seen many side roads, in particular those leading to industrial sites and other areas, left in a condition that can be both dangerous and damaging to vehicles, continued Dunning.

“It is vital that these improvements start now – waiting until next year for this work to start is not an option.”

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