Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Minister gives roads verdict

Transport secretary Douglas Alexander has given the go-ahead for 17 new road projects after weighing up bids from eight regional transport boards.
The minister said he expected at least 90 more schemes to be added to the regional road building programmes over the next ten years.

But Mr Alexander added that 15 schemes put forward by the Highways Agency and local authorities would not be funded in the spending period, with a further eight being delayed.

He said: 'Given that the regions have looked at priorities across their region and against wider objectives for the first time, it is not surprising that they have concluded that, in some cases, schemes that had previously been approved are not their highest priority.'