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FTA says new Government infrastructure plan is positive move

FTA says new Government infrastructure plan is positive move

The Government’s newly-announced National Infrastructure Delivery Plan has been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) as a co-ordinated and comprehensive approach to future infrastructure planning.

The plan, which is published today, brings together all the Government’s infrastructure priorities for the next five years including its commitment to build a Northern Powerhouse connecting major towns and cities in the north. The plan highlights more than £425 billion of planned investment in 600 major projects to 2021 and beyond.

Karen Dee, FTA’s Director of Policy, said: “The Government is right to put so much emphasis on infrastructure – these networks are crucial to delivering economic growth. Transport improvements represent a large proportion of the projects, which is vital for a trading nation that relies on the movement of goods and services.”

The plan sets out a major road and rail investment package including £15 billion to support Highways England in transforming the Strategic Road Network and support for the biggest rail modernisation since Victorian times.

Miss Dee said: “Given the unprecedented levels of Government and private sector funds being made available, it is essential to ensure efficient and effective delivery of projects. The National Infrastructure Delivery Plan is a welcome development as it presents a co-ordinated and comprehensive view of what needs to be delivered over the next few years and establishes a process for identifying what comes next.”

The full plan can be seen at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-infrastructure-delivery-plan-2016-to-2021

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