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Deputy prime minister pledges to break down Whitehall barriers to infrastructure

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg today pledged to remove Whitehall barriers to infrastructure projects and give 40 of the biggest, most important schemes “special priority status”.

Clegg told the London School of Economics that Whitehall “will put its foot on the accelerator, making sure we deliver on our commitments” to avoid the “perennial problem” in the UK of failing to deliver major infrastructure projects on time and on budget.

However, out of the projects facing increased attention Clegg failed to identify any specific new ones that are not already well underway.

“Each [of the 40] will be rigorously examined by ministers to make sure there are no delays, no blockages and the economy feels the benefits as quickly as possible,” he said.

“That includes, for example, high speed broadband rollout, work to transform the efficiency of the national grid, major improvements to the rail network, like Crossrail and Great Western Electrification and projects to reduce congestion on our road network. Targeting pinch points on the M1, the M25, and elsewhere.”

View the full speech in the attached file.

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