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Mole attacked for being in the dark

Date: 14 July 2009

Conservative shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers has attacked transport minister Chris Mole for failing to assess the cost of motorway closures on the economy.

Villiers said: "The Government has no comprehension of the huge cost impact of these closures. In their entire term of office they have built less than 20 miles of new motorway, and they have a road maintenance backlog of 13 years."

In the Commons exchange, Mole responded: "That was a somewhat surprising response from the opposition, who once told us to vote blue and go green. It is clear that is no longer their commitment if they talk of a massive investment in motorway building and give no indication of how they would resource it. We are investing in the nation's infrastructure, and they clearly would not do so."