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Transport plan based on 'unrealistic assumptions'

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The government's 10 year transport plan will fail to deliver unless it is extended by another 10 years, according to a new Construction Industry Council (CIC) report.

The 10 year plan, to create an efficient integrated transport network capable of cutting road congestion by 2010, will fail because it is based on 'unrealistic' assumptions says the CIC's Integrated Transport and the 10 Year Plan, report launched last week.

Current targets, such as increasing rail passengers by 50% when the rail network is already overcrowded, are unachievable.

Instead, it would be better to re-visit targets, refocus investment and extend them to 2020, it said.

'If we continue down the current path, there is serious risk that the hoped for benefits won't materialise and in consequence, as a nation, we will have wasted time and scarce resources and made no significant advance on solving the underlying problems, ' says the report.

'We are in danger of putting our belief (and economic wellbeing) in false dreams and inadequately thought through principles and policies.'

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