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Road wars begin ahead of the general election

Roads minister John Hayes has begun the rhetoric ahead of next year’s general election.

The Conservative MP for South Holland and The Deepings spoke out ahead of Parliament reopening on 12 September and the start of the countdown in earnest to the polls next May.

The government released figures claiming that a third more road would be built this decade than in the Labour-dominated Noughties.

Hayes said: “As a crucial part of our long-term economic plan to secure a brighter future for Britain, we are fixing problems that have been created by governments of the past by delivering around 35% more capacity on our roads than was delivered in the 9 years up to 2010.

“It is because of the difficult decisions that this government has taken that we are able to triple investment in our major roads to over £3bn a year up to 2021.”

The government said 60 schemes it had approved would provide 1,500km of new road by 2021, adding 35% more road per year than the previous government.

Hayes added: “This government will oversee more work, more safety, and more improvements on our roads. This will benefit hard-working people and businesses, help ease congestion and create a road network fit for the 21st century and beyond.”

Hayes recently told NCE that politicians should do more to talk up the role of engineers in boosting the UK’s economic success.

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