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Transport minister heralds new golden age of the road?

Ask anyone in the construction industry today what 2010 will bring and the answer is pretty consistent - doom, gloom and misery in the form of cuts, cuts and more cuts. Not least to road building which is seen by pretty much everyone as politically “insensitive” and as a result is easy to axe.

But maybe transport minister Chris Mole has other ideas - rather than wielding the axe, he was instead spotted yesterday wielding a fairly nifty pair of gold scissors as he opened a new bypass on the A46 at Longbridge.

The Highways Agency’s Longbridge bypass is part of £71M Government investment in major improvements to relieve congestion on the A46 at the bottleneck junction 15 of the M40, and could it be the investment in shiny new scissors is a preparation for much more to come?Certainly the Managed Motorways programme is racing along with more cones than you can shake a stick at lining large sections of the M6, M5 and M42 around Birmingham.And work on the M25, M1 and A1 is certainly not looking likely to be canned at any time. So are these fears unfounded?Its at least a glimmer of Christmas cheer as the snow starts to fall….

Merry Christmas all!

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