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03Feb94 UK: SCOTS ROAD-RUNNER MOOTED - SCOTTISH ROADS AGENCY.

Roads in Scotland could be run by a new roads agency if proposals put forward by Scottish secretary Ian Lang are adopted.The agency would be similar to the national roads agency, which comes into being next month to run English roads.If set up, it would immediately come under heavy pressure from Transport Action Scotland. Chairman John Riddell-Webster said Scotland would miss vital opportunities to boost its economy, create new jobs, cut congestion and provide better, safer conditions unless roads are improved.TAS has outlined, among others, finishing the A74 upgrading, the M74/M8 Fastlink, the M8 Baillieston-Newhouse and the M80 Stepps-Haggs sections in a £1billion roads programme. CONSTRUCTION NEWS