Patrick McLouglin is ambitious for his roads: A-roads should aspire to A*

Patrick McLouglin is ambitious for his roads: A-roads should aspire to A*
MPs enjoy government plans to bring roads closer to their constituencies – and so close to a general election

Patrick McLoughlin leaned across the dispatch box and activated the voice control on his satnav. “Stay on the A303 at Amesbury before disappearing under the Stonehenge tunnel. On re-emerging turn left on the A27 towards Lancing. At the Black Cat contraflow roundabout take the A428 towards Capstan Gibbet. 400 yards after junction 10A, follow the new dualling A34 ring-road around Oxford. I said ‘stay on the A34’ you idiot. Now look what you’ve done. Recalibrating, recalibrating…”

The transport secretary wasn’t at his most fluent during his statement on new road-building in the Commons. Normally a master of the most trivial detail – “I can’t recommend the Little Chef on the intersection of the A50 and the B5030 near Uttoxeter too highly”, he stumbled a few times over directions, as if he suspected the satnav might be faulty.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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