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Hopes grow for £200m roads R&M boost

CN understands the government is considering a cash injection of £200 million in repair and maintenance for roads schemes as part of this year’s autumn statement.

Sources told CN the industry is expecting a pot of money to be spent on roads from savings made from government efficiencies.

Construction firms are meeting the government to ask for both a short-term funding boost and clarity on the long-term future of road financing, ownership and maintenance in the run up to the autumn statement on 5 December.

Transport minister Stephen Hammond is believed to support wide-scale roads building and told an Association of Consultancy and Engineers parliamentary reception this month there would be several roads announcements as part of the autumn statement.

The government also brought forward £75m of spending into this spending review period when it announced pilot schemes for quicker construction of roads worth hundreds of millions on Tuesday.

Prime minister David Cameron put roads at the top of the political agenda in a speech at the CBI’s annual conference on Monday, where he pledged to cut the time taken to upgrade roads by half.

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