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Road Investment Strategy

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 9:35 am on 30th June 2016.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle 9:35 am, 30th June 2016

What steps his Department is taking to implement the road investment strategy.

Photo of Patrick McLoughlin Patrick McLoughlin The Secretary of State for Transport

The Government have launched the first ever road investment strategy, committing a record £15 billion up to 2020. Work is already under way on 20 of the schemes named in the road investment strategy, with five schemes already open to traffic in 2015-16. I can confirm that work on the A14—one of the biggest projects in our RIS, at £1.5 billion—is on track to start construction later this year.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle

Does my right hon. Friend agree that the momentous events of last week, and the opportunities they provide, mean that our transport infrastructure and schemes such as the road investment strategy are now more important than ever?

Photo of Patrick McLoughlin Patrick McLoughlin The Secretary of State for Transport

It is very important that we press on with both road and rail infrastructure projects. They are often controversial when we start them, but by the time they are completed people have usually asked why we did not start them some time ago.

Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Shadow Minister (Transport)

Back in 2015, when the Government announced the road investment strategy, £6 billion was promised to resurface 80% of our strategic road network. We now understand that Highways England is saying that that promise will not be met. Where has the money gone, and what projects are being cancelled?

Photo of Patrick McLoughlin Patrick McLoughlin The Secretary of State for Transport

This is coming from the party that actually stopped investment in road spending almost completely. We are creating record investment while having to clear up some of the mess made by years of under-investment while the Labour party was in office. I do not recognise the points the hon. Gentleman has made.