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Ceca sends warning to Kelly successor

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association has sent out a stark warning to the next Secretary of State for Transport.

Following Ruth Kelly’s announcement this morning that she was stepping down from the post Ceca director Rosemary Beales said that the industry is hoping for more dialogue with her successor.

She said: “Given the importance to the economy of investment in and enhancement of the country’s transport infrastructure it is essential that the Secretary of State engages with the industry in a meaningful way. Ruth Kelly’s approach did not deliver the dialogue we had hoped for.

“We would encourage the incoming Secretary of State to understand the benefits that such communication can bring to all stakeholders, including government, and look forward to a positive and constructive relationship.”

Ruth Kelly was appointed as Secretary of State for Transport on 27 June 2007 and oversaw the Government’s response to the Eddington Transport Study and the latter stages of the Crossrail Bill.