British Chamber of Commerce says 13 infrastructure projects across the country must be protected from spending cuts
The British Chamber of Commerce has named 13 transport projects which it says are crucial to the future success and growth of regional economies.
The 12 regional and one national project would bring the UK economic benefits worth a £85bn says the organisation, which argues that the mix of road, rail and airport improvements must be delivered over the next decade.
David Frost, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Transport infrastructure cuts must not become a politically convenient way to slash spending after an election, especially when there are huge savings to be made in far larger budgets, including health, education and welfare”.
Transport infrastructure cuts must not become a politically convenient way to slash spending after an election
David Frost, British Chamber of Commerce
He added that the infrastructure improvements will not only unlock much needed economic growth, but will also help the hard-pressed UK construction sector and local businesses in the supply chain.
The projects include:
- London - Crossrail
- South East - M20 Operation Stack
- South West - A303/A358 Improvement Scheme
- East of England - A14 Ellington to Fen Ditton Scheme
- East Mids - A453 widening
- West Mids - Birmingham Motorway Box
- Wales - M4 Relief Road
- Yorkshire and the Humber - East Coast Mainline
- North West - Manchester Hub
- North East - A19 junction upgrades
- Scotland - Forth Replacement Bridge
- Northern Ireland - M1/Westlink
- National - 3rd Runway at Heathrow