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Civils back transport

CIVILS 2004

HUNDREDS of civil engineers and construction professionals backed NCE's 'Stop the Transport Cuts' campaign by signing a petition on NCE's stand at Civils last week.

Details of the campaign to highlight the importance of immediate and continued spending on the nation's transport infrastructure were on display alongside a recap of NCE's top10 schemes as published in NCE over the last three months.

This information will now be used with the petition in NCE's continuing lobbying campaign to convince government ministers, MPs, Treasury officials and other civil servants of the important role transport plays in the UK economy.

'Regardless of statements already made by Gordon Brown, it is vital that we see real commitment to transport in the UK, ' explained NCE editor Antony Oliver. 'Influencing government is a long term process. We must continue to shout loud with a strong argument.'

Although Gordon Brown's recent budget statement committed him to maintaining transport spending after July's comprehensive spending review, it remains vital that politicians, the national media and other decision makers and influencers agree delays are unacceptable.

NCE is committed to ensuring cash is promised immediately and that the planning process is accelerated so that the top 10 schemes become a reality.

'NCE's top 10 schemes provide a focus for attention on this issue, ' explained Oliver. 'NCE wants to see the government deliver on transport infrastructure - action on these schemes will be a key measure of commitment to a decent modern transport infrastructure in the UK.'

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