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'Industry in dark'over road plan - civils chief


THE CHAIRMAN of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association has accused the Government of 'plunging the industry into darkness' over potential road projects.

Peter Heathershaw, who has been in talks with the Department for Transport over delays to roads projects, said: 'Contractors can say in all honesty that they know less now about the Government's intentions for road and rail investment than they did four years ago when the 10-year plan was published.'

The lobbying group is also engaged in a campaign to prevent a black hole in road spending north of the border as Ceca Scotland's chairman Alan Watt was due to raise spending concerns with officials this week.

Mr Heathershaw warned that the Government threatened risking the long-term stability of the industry after effectively scrapping its long-term, 10-year transport plan in July's White Paper, The Future of Transport.

He added: 'It was supposed to give the delivery agencies and their suppliers the ability to plan ahead and gear up to deliver to the Government's infrastructure programmes.

'Four years on and we have been plunged back into darkness by the White Paper, which fails to set out even the most basic level of information that is vital if we are to plan with any kind of certainty or confidence.'

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