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Contractors call for immediate funding for shovel-ready roads jobs

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) has today called on government to provide immediate short-term funding to boost shovel-ready highway repair and maintenance work.

The demand is one of four recommendations CECA has made to government in a Routemap for Growth document that details how the civil engineering sector can help restore the health of the UK economy.

The publication will be used by CECA in its meetings with MPs and other senior political figures during forthcoming party conferences, and in the run-up to chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement.

Other recommendations include developing cross-party consensus on nationally-significant infrastructure policy and a long-term delivery programme, a rebalancing ofinfrastructure investment across the UK, and for government to ensure appropriate finance and funding models are in place to meet future investment needs.

But the first step must be deliver a direct boost to industry activity, said CECA director of external affairs Alasdair Reisner.

“Where there are opportunities to deliver more direct boosts to growth and industry activity these must be grasped,” he said. “CECA is asking the government to direct new resources through existing infrastructure repair and maintenance contracts to provide an immediate shot in the arm to the economy.”

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