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BVRLA welcomes road investment

Date: 15 July 2013

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association has welcomed investment on roads and infrastructure announced in the Government Spending Review.

Treasury minister Danny Alexander said that £10bn would be spent on the UK's "decaying" road network, including 21,000 miles of resurfacing and new lanes for the busiest stretches of motorway.

Alexander added that the spending was equivalent to the cost of filling 19 million potholes.

Among the most notable projects is the £1.5bn upgrade of the A14 between Huntingdon and Cambridge, which will be moved forward by two years to 2016.

Alexander also restated plans to electrify part of the rail network and increased the budget to more than £42bn for the proposed

high-speed railway, HS2, connecting London and seven major UK cities.

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: "We welcome the chancellor's [George Osborne's] clear message that capital investment in roads and other transport infrastructure needs to be a priority.

"Nine out of 10 passenger miles are travelled on UK roads, as is the majority of freight movement.

"Britain urgently requires major investment in its roads and road maintenance and we would urge the Government to look at a fairer distribution of the £47bn raised in motoring taxes each year. Taxpaying road users deserve more for their money."