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M25 contract awarded: farcical waste of money

20 May 2009
Responding to the announcement that the Government had awarded a £6.2 billion contract to widen sections of the M25 [1], 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 [2] 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
[1] Highways Agency press release, 20 May 2009: “£6.2 billion M25 Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) contract awarded”

[2]  London Orbital Multi Modal Study, Government Office for the South East, November 2002.