Cameron's £15bn plan to tackle UK's worst roads - will it work?

Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to fix Britain’s potholes through a £15bn roads revolution.

Cameron will announce the “biggest, boldest and most far-reaching” plans to tackle more than 100 problem hotspots by the end of the decade.

Plans include building a tunnel under Stonehenge, work on stretches of the A1 round Newcastle, and improving the A47 in the east of England and the A27 on the south coast.

Cameron will tell Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference today:

“Hundreds of extra lane miles on our motorways and trunk roads. The green light given to major projects that have been stalled for years. Action to improve some of the most important arteries in our country – like the A303 and the A1 – which for too long have held parts of our country back. And all underpinned by over £15bn worth of investment.

“This will be nothing less than a roads revolution – one which will lead to quicker journey times, more jobs, and businesses boosted right across the country.”

Chris Todd, roads campaigner at the Campaign for Better Transport, pooh-poohed Cameron’s plans saying they would do “nothing for the economy”.

“The road building schemes the Government is so keen to talk up will trash protected areas and do nothing for the economy,” he said in a statement.

“It makes no sense to spend billions ploughing more lanes of traffic through our National Parks or desecrating irreplaceable historic sites like Stonehenge.

“These schemes will make people more dependent than ever on their cars, place greater costs on the NHS, while failing to tackle problems like the massive backlog of pot holes blighting local roads.”

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