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Closer checks urged on roads plan progress

NEWS

GOVERNMENT SPENDING on roads should be more closely monitored if targets are to be met, the Construction Products Association (CPA) said this week.

The Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) must report more regularly on work to increase capacity and reduce congestion, the CPA said in its review of government proposals for investment in the built environment.

It suggests setting interim targets by the time of the 2006 Comprehensive Spending Review for objectives to be achieved by 2010, such as cutting congestion by 5%.

Closer monitoring would enable the government to make statements about how much it will cost to remedy the backlog of repairs and improvements to the road network, it said.

The CPA is also demanding 'regular and reliable' data on progress in social housing, school buildings, hospitals and roads. 'Clear plans looking at least two years ahead need to be prepared by those responsible for implementing these proposals, ' it demanded.

'Targets will only be achieved if the industry and government work in partnership with a clear understanding of what it is hoped to achieve and in what timescale, ' says the document.

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