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Investment in roads is forecast to be a big part of increased spending on transport over the next three years.

Construction economists are anticipating strong civils growth fuelled in part by road maintenance spending and the Highways Agency targeted programme of improvement schemes which now stands at 50 projects.

The Agency is also looking to start detailed feasibility and early preparatory work on road schemes resulting from the multi modal studies. And privately financed highway schemes are expected to add £200M a year to the roads programme.

Traffic management and transport planning initiatives are also contributing to the mix.

All in all the sector is looking very positive as our Highways special this week underlines.

Over the next few pages you can find out about lLondon's ambitious plan to return its most famous traffic island - Trafalgar Square - to pedestrians lLatest update on the M6 Toll route (p28)

Full depth recycling (p32)

Partnering for highway management and maintenance (p34)

The new European bitumen standard (p36)

This Highways special is written by Mike Walter, Claire Symes and Jon Masters of Barrett, Byrd Associates.

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