20 May 2009
Responding to the announcement that the Government had awarded a £6.2 billion contract to widen sections of the M25 , the Campaign for Better Transport’s roads and climate campaigner, Richard George, said:
“No sooner has the contract been awarded than the costs are already rising. Last year this was a £5 billion project to widen four sections; now the Government will get two sections widened for £6.2 billion. To make matters worse, the Government’s own research  shows that the no matter how much capacity you add, the M25 will just keep on filling up and congestion will just keep getting worse. This is a farcical waste of tax payers’ money at a time when infrastructure budgets are being wiped out because of the credit crunch.”
Notes to editors
 Highways Agency press release, 20 May 2009: “£6.2 billion M25 Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) contract awarded”
 London Orbital Multi Modal Study, Government Office for the South East, November 2002.