Prime minister David Cameron has pledged to spend big on the road network if his party wins this year's general election
Jim Holder
18 February 2015

Prime minister David Cameron has pledged additional investment for Britain's roads if he wins this year's general election.

Speaking at Goodwood, where plans to build a new Rolls-Royce 4x4 were confirmed, Cameron said: "I know that people focus on what we're planning for HS2 and the rail network, but if we win the next election we will be spending three times what we are spending on that project on other infrastructure projects, including roads."

The budget for HS2 is currently thought to be in the region of £43bn, which would mean the road network could be in line for a serious injection of cash.

"These big projects can make a big difference to our country. Too many recoveries in the past have been focused on London and the South East. I hope projects, including HS2, but also tackling road issues like the A27 in this region, can open up all of our country to economic prosperity."

Cameron also highlighted the need to encourage car makers from every section of the industry, including motorsport, in order to maintain its current levels of growth.

"From Formula 1 to high-end car makers to more mass market and niche players, Britain has it all," he said. "The industry drives exports and has values that we need more of - high investment in skills, research and development, design, science, training and more - and if we get it right at every level it drives success.

"Some people see foreign-owned companies working in Britain as an issue. I see these partnerships as fundamental to our prosperity. Rolls-Royce is a fabulously successful example. The investment in the company has been complemented by the British skill set and that is crucial to our industrial future."

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18 February 2015
They didn't win it last time hence the coalition, furthermore if this government is promising massive spending on roads while cutting back on your hospitals, library's etc then it probably means they are looking to privatise the road networks that the taxpayer has previously funded, while inviting bids from private company's for the necessary financial investment so they can further rip the motorist off by introducing road tolls on an industrial scale. Wake up people your country is being sold off and privatised so that a few individuals can profit at your expense.

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

18 February 2015
I'd like to see a commitment to cyclists. No new road should be built without a proper segregated cycle track. And I don't mean a blue line.

289

18 February 2015
Oh p-lease, alongside the M27 you mean?!
Cyclists are already a menace, both in and outside urban areas.
Their behaviour is bordering on suicidal,relying on others to avoid them whilst making ludicrous and downright dangerous decisions about in their quest to save a few seconds on a journey - followed by much blame and wringing of hands when it all goes wrong.
Maybe they should fund their own cycle lanes.
The fact is bicycles and 1 to 2 ton + metal motorised objects don't mix well together...there will always be mistakes...its part of being human (on both sides) and there will always be only one loser. Individuals would do well to consider this fact before they commence cycling to work as an option. You may feel good about 'doing your bit to save the planet', but at what cost...your life.

19 February 2015
Do cyclists have to take a test?,you know like learners who spend hundreds of pounds to gain a pass?,because, like so many motorists we often wonder why they flaunt the single file rule,more often than not you get two or more merrily chatting to each other,weaving about all over the place,not bothering to get in line when traffic backs up behind them and so on, i know that some people shouldn't have driving ticket's,but,cyclists seem to think they should be worshipped like God's and get away with silly cycling.

Peter Cavellini.

18 February 2015
More promises to break. This just isn't going to happen.

18 February 2015
Cameron you've had years to do it. And suddenly, with the election rolling up, there's a pledge.
I'm also disgusted by the amount of litter that we generate - Along pretty much every stretch of main road / motorway if you look either side of the road there is so much litter, it's embarrassing. It's actually bordering on a 3rd-world environment, particularly along stretches of the M40. We are a nation of litter-louts.

19 February 2015
And what is Mr Cameron going to pay with ? shirt buttons because he keeps telling us the he has to cut, cut, cut.

Optima2

19 February 2015
And what is Mr Cameron going to pay with ? shirt buttons because he keeps telling us the he has to cut, cut, cut.

Optima2

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