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ICE urges transport spending roll out

SKILLS SHORTAGES in construction has prompted the Treasury to warn the ICE that new government money for transport will have to be phased in gradually over three years.

Government officials made their views clear to the ICE last week as it made its final representations ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review which will set public spending levels over the next three years An ICE spokesman said:

'They are aware of the need to check the industry's capacity to respond to new spending, before committing to a large new spending programme.'

He added: 'We told them that what the industry needs most is confidence gained from a long term programme gradually rolled out.'

ICE chief executive Mike Casebourne, transport board chairman Derek Turner and economic and political affairs manager Owen Simon met officials to advise on new public service agreements.

These will be used by the Treasury to measure the performance of transport spending and are set to include accessibility, overcrowding on public transport and congestion.

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