The report of the Office of Rail and Road into Highways England revealed the Road Investment Strategy to be in chaos.
The agency is £1bn over budget, 31 projects have more than doubled in cost and there is little evidence that 60 major schemes can be delivered on time.
This Strategy is beginning to look more like a fantasy wish-list than a deliverable plan to improve England’s road network. I asked the following of Secretary of State, Chris Grayling in the House of Commons today.
Will the Minister take this opportunity to try to reassure this House that the Road Investment Strategy is not the comedy of errors it looks like & that he will guarantee to deliver it on time and on budget?
Labour has warned consistently that this Government has been over promising and under delivering on investment in England’s road network. We were promised the biggest upgrades in a generation but the ORR are now warning of the deterioration of England’s roads.
The number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads is already rising, so can the Minister explain how he will guarantee road user safety and mitigate the increased safety risks caused by his government’s failure to manage investment in England’s roads?
Typically, Chris Grayling refused to commit to promised investment and had no answer on the safety aspects due to the deterioration in UK roads.