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ICE demands more power for local authorities

The Institution of Civil Engineers has called on the Government to give local authorities more power to enable them to speed up the delivery of transport infrastructure projects.

In its annual “State of the Nation” report published today, the ICE said the Government should devolve transport powers – similar to those held by Transport for London – to “every metropolitan and urban authority”.

The report said that such a move would eliminate the “lengthy and bureaucratic approval process” that currently slows down the approval of such projects.

It added: “In addition to handing over power, Government must step back and allow integrated transport authorities to manage their own integrated transport solutions”.