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Transport plan

ONE HUNDRED and fifty local integrated transport strategies and an extra £1.7bn over the next three years will underpin Government attempts to cut congestion and improve access.

Full details of the plan will be revealed in the Integrated Transport White Paper on Monday, but the Chancellor gave an sneak preview in the results of the spending review.

Brown told MPs: 'Anyone who travels on our roads and railways knows that after years of neglect and under-investment Britain suffers from an over-crowded, under-financed and under-maintained transport system'.

The Chancellor said that most local authorities in the UK will be expected to develop their own integrated transport strategies within a framework set out by the White Paper. To achieve improvements in congestion, safety, accessibility and environmental impact, their transport budgets will rise by £1.1bn.

The road maintenance backlog will be specifically target by the Highways Agency and local authorities using an extra £700M.

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