Asphalt to ashes: history suggests the coalition’s £15bn roads plan may go nowhere
Roads are expensive and controversial, which is why the M1 extension to Marble Arch, Belfast’s Urban Motorway and Margaret Thatcher’s promised Roads for Prosperity all came to a dead end
Most Britons love new roads, in theory. Which is why British governments love announcing them, as the coalition has this week. Actual roadbuilding, however, is almost always expensive, slow and intensely controversial. Even if the Conservatives are re-elected next May, the great schemes of the past suggest their plans to spend £15bn on 84 projects all over England are far from guaranteed.
Source: Guardian Transport