BUMPER: Huge boost to road network
Construction companies are being urged to prepare for the biggest investment in the road network since the 1970s.
Roads Minister Robert Goodwill has called on the industry to get ready for the bumper £24billion investment, which will be spread until 2021.
Nearly 30,000 new jobs are predicted to be supported across the construction sector, as the government aim to deliver a ‘safer, more sustainable road network’.
Mr Goodwill said: “Funding certainty is critical to the construction industry in planning for the future and that is exactly what the government has delivered – with £24billion secure investment over six years and £50billion for the strategic road network over the next 15years.
“However, we need to make sure everyone is ready to deliver the massive programme of investment that we need to keep Britain’s roads moving.
“To do that, we need to make sure we have the right people and equipment in place to deliver the 53 road schemes in preparation right now, plus the next generation of improvements over the next seven years.
“This means taking on more apprentices and making sure suppliers have the capacity to deal with the increase in demand.
“If we get this right, this will provide road users with a high performing network that can cope with the expected 43% increase in traffic over the coming decades that will help boost economy growth and deliver more efficient roads for motorists.”
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