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LABOUR'S SUPER-HIGHWAYS PLAN: CAN'T BUILD BRITAIN OUT OF CONGESTION

July 15, 2003 12:00 AM

Traffic bollardsAhead of today's expected announcement on road building, Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Minister, said:

"These road plans will be welcome if they improve safety and tackle bottlenecks. But we should not create a US style network of super-highways.

"You can't build Britain out of the congestion which is costing business £20 billion per year. All road plans must go hand-in-glove with improvements to public transport so that safety, comfort and cost effectiveness are the watchwords of an integrated public transport system.

"The Government may find that road-pricing and wider congestion charging provides the most effective solution."