Is the road improvement scheme a pre-election sweetener?

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Amie Filcher (News Correspondent), Young London News
@AmieFilcher

The Government are to announce a £15bn ‘road revolution’ in plans to create dozens of new roads, including a tunnel beneath Stonehenge.

Disagreements have arisen over the proposed tunnel beneath Stonehenge by groups including archaeologists and wildlife enthusiasts.

The initial plans promise many road improvements, as well as adding 1,300 miles of extra lanes on motorways and A roads.

Cameron’s announcement echoes the ‘roads for prosperity’ scheme announced by Thatcher in 1989. It promised the largest expansion of road networks since the Romans.

Many of the schemes were abandoned in the mid-1990s after environmental protests and spending cuts.

Cameron is promising to pick up where Thatcher left off. Chancellor George Osborn’s autumn statement will state the Government is to plan a long term ‘roads investment strategy’.

Labour has criticised the coalition Government saying they are: “all talk and no delivery”. Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, claims: “this is another pre-election con trick from David Cameron.”

The Labour party believe that the public won’t fall for their tricks.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said roads are “key to our nation’s prosperity” and that they have been under-invested for too long.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, stressed that the government needed to legislate in order to ensure the money would be available in the future no matter who is in power.

However, Michael Dugher is sceptical over Cameron’s plans, as infrastructure output has fallen by almost 20 per cent since May 2010.

He says: “Cameron should be judged on his record, not on a speech, and his record on road investment has been nothing but a chaotic series of u-turns.”

According to Dugher, investments have been cut and road schemes, such as the A14, have been cancelled and later reinstated for 2015 plans. Failing to meet deadlines and improvements remaining incomplete.

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Is the road improvement scheme just a tactic for more votes?

Cameron has announced that £15bn will be put into a road improvement scheme, including new road developments.

The Labour party have criticised the Tory party, accusing them of “all talk and no delivery”.

The Labour party has accused Cameron of staging the announcement months before the pre-election in a bid to win more votes.

Previous road improvement plans have been put in place and cancelled back in 2010.  Michael Dugher has argued that Cameron “should be judged on his record,” and his “chaotic series of U-turns.”

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