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BRF ditches fight for new roads

THE BRITISH ROADS Federation has announced a shift of focus away from demanding new roads towards lobbying for better network management.

The policy change, announced at the lobby group's annual general meeting on Tuesday, comes just after the UK's leading anti-roads group, Alarm UK, announced its dissolution (NCE 14 May).

BRF's primary objective over its 66 year life has been to lobby government to secure the completion of the national motorway trunk road network.

But director Richard Diment explained: 'As that network is now almost complete, the quality of service provided by existing roads has become a bigger issue and that will be our prime focus in future.'

First task of the revamped BRF will be to improve road maintenance after last month's National Road Maintenance Condition Survey report showed the condition of roads, especially local authority roads, is the worst since records began in 1977, and a marked deterioration on 1996.

Diment said BRF will also look carefully at the Government's forthcoming White Paper on integrated transport policy amid worries that motorists will be hit in the pocket despite, he claimed, the majority to trips still being by car.

The AGM also agreed formally to change the name of the organisation to simply BRF and launched a new logo.

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