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Keep on lobbying


Time is running out to press home the benefits of boosting public spending on transport. Antony Oliver explains.

WE HAVE now entered the final run-up to Chancellor Gordon Brown's comprehensive spending review.

Over the next six weeks he will decide where future public spending priorities lie.

Delivery will surely have to be on Brown's mind - not least if he has, as suggested, aspirations to lead any future Labour government.

NCE's 'Stop the Transport Cuts' campaign is all about encouraging delivery. As you will have seen, we have highlighted - based on NCE readers' recommendations - some of the most vital, longest overdue transport schemes in the UK.

We fully accept that not everyone will agree with NCE's Top 10 priority list. But to make the point properly it is vital that examples are given - clear examples that have majority support as projects the nation needs immediately.

Besides, one of the priorities for our campaign was to get the profession talking about the whole transport issue. That is, not just talking among ourselves but also with our non-technical friends, including local politicians and MPs.

Hopefully by the end of our campaign, civil engineers will be more informed about the nation's transport needs and in a better position to lobby collectively on the profession's behalf.

So in the final build up to the comprehensive spending review NCE is making a summary document available to highlight the main issues brought out by the campaign so far.

The summary is an easy to read, attention-grabbing document which should help both the technical and non-technical audience grasp why Gordon Brown should put up the cash for transport.

And in particular we hope it will persuade Darling to press ahead and deliver the vital schemes when reviewing his 10 year transport plan.

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