London, 19 Jan 1999.
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"Britain's Roads Crumbling" Say Engineers
Once Again, The British Driver Is Being Short-Changed
The Institution of Civil Engineers' annual review of road conditions throughout the country found that Britain's local road network is nearing crisis point: The British Road Federation has been quoted as saying: “less than one third of the amount required for local authorities to make a meaningful impact on the massive backlog has been made available by the Government”.

ABD Chairman Brian Gregory comments: “This government are allowing Britain's rural transport infrastructure to go to rack and ruin. This is a real insult to the voters, who typically pay over £1000 a year in motoring taxes for the “privilege” of using these decaying cart tracks.”

Meanwhile, there never seems to be any shortage of cash to make the roads WORSE, by installing humps, bumps and chicanes using road safety as a dubious excuse to make drivers' lives a misery.

Friends of the Earth transport campaigner, Tony Bosworth, of course, has a different perspective, describing this shambolic situation as “excellent news...the Government has got it right!”

“What do these people think buses run on?” asks the ABD's Brian Gregory. “Do they really want the local road system to collapse? Bad roads get worse very rapidly, and heavy vehicles like buses do far more damage than cars. This shows that FoE is simply anti transport, anti business and anti development, paying lip service to the fallacy of providing acceptable alternatives to the car whilst supporting measures to obstruct all road transport.”

The motorist in this country is paying £32 Billion in motoring related taxes - petrol, “road fund” licences, etc., in addition to whatever other taxes he has to pay as a citizen of the UK and the Government is not prepared to even maintain the existing road network let alone build new ones.

CAN THEY EVER BE TRUSTED TO “HYPOTHECATE” ANY NEW MONIES RAISED FROM THE INIQUITOUS PROPOSED NEW TAXES? WE SAY NOT.

 

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