UK forwarders welcome investment in transport infrastructure
THE British International Freight Association (BIFA) has given a cautious welcome to the news that the UK Government will commit to invest some GBP2 billion (US$2
THE British International Freight Association (BIFA) has given a cautious welcome to the news that the UK Government will commit to invest some GBP2 billion (US$2.42 billion) in the UK's transport infrastructure.
'There has been a distinct lack of investment in the UK transport infrastructure network over many years,' said BIFA director general, Robert Keen.
'Prior to the lockdown, this lack of spending had caused the country's network of major roads and motorways to become congested, undermining the UK's competitiveness in comparison to its international peers.
'In September 2019, the new government announced some GBP25 billion of investment in the country's road transport infrastructure.
'Although we expressed our belief that this did not appear to be additional funding to that announced by the previous administration, we were pleased that the announcement offered some clarity on where the funds would be spent between 2020 and 2025,' said Mr Keen.
'It would be interesting to know how much of that investment has actually been started since September 2019, and on what schemes.
'As previously, we can only express our hope that the latest announcement about infrastructure investments is not just talk and we see some spades in the ground,' he said.