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National Audit Office report confirms Government roads strategy is a 'waste of public money'

22 March 2017

Responding to the release of the National Audit Office (NAO) report, Progress with the Road Investment Strategy, which concluded that the Government’s roads programme is over-budget, has too many schemes in it and was set up too fast, Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"This report shows that the current emphasis on big road projects could waste a lot of public money and that some projects might not happen at all. This comes hard on the heels of major research showing that new roads simply generate new traffic, without delivering the promised economic benefits.

“Instead, we'd like to see the Government focus on fixing the roads we have and investing in local transport measures before spending billions on big new projects. The Government should also look at the major road network as part of an overall transport policy rather than go after big road schemes in isolation. This would deliver better environmental and economic results for communities, travellers and the tax payer.” 


For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. The Impact of Road Projects in England, a report from Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) released on 20 March, found most new roads failed to reduce congestion and actually increased traffic instead. Read the full report here.
  2. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).