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Councils wasting time on 'unrealistic' roads bids

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LOCAL AUTHORITIES should stop wasting time and money developing major schemes that will never win funding, a senior Department for Transport (DfT) official said on Tuesday.

DfT head of local transport policy Duncan Price said local authorities were being 'really unrealistic' about the number of major schemes that they were putting forward for government funding.

Price was speaking in London this week at NCE's conference 'Traffi Management and Regional Transport Funding'.

Major schemes proposed by local authorities now go to regional transport boards where they compete for funding with Highways Agency schemes and those promoted by neighbouring councils.

Price said that this process exposed unrealistic schemes in the latest local transport plans which will be formally submitted to the DfT in March.

'We have a long standing departmental policy that road upgrades are considered only after options such as demand management are considered, ' he said.

'The regional funding process is really exposing which schemes are realistic in LTP2.

'I would question the amount of money being spent on planning schemes which are not regional priorities.' Feedback on provisional local transport plans was given to councils in December (News last week).

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