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Trunk roads to stay in public sector


Contrary to your misleading headline and introductory paragraph (NCE 14 January), the Highways Agency is not developing plans for the 'wholesale privatisation' of the UK's trunk roads.

The 6,500 mile trunk road network in England, for which the agency is responsible, will remain in public ownership.

We are seeking to develop ways in which the private sector can work with us to improve services for trunk road users and those affected by them but firmly under public sector ownership and control.

There are no plans for the ownership of our network to be passed to the private sector. We will continue to be accountable to ministers and to the public.

The proposals build on the success of the agency's arrangements with super agents in achieving better standards for the travelling public and taxpayers alike.

Peter Nutt (M), director, Network & Customer Services, Highways Agency, St Christopher House, Southwark Street, London, SE1 0TE

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