Committee of Public Accounts: Press Notice

A STATEMENT FROM EDWARD LEIGH MP

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

National Audit Office report - Estimating and monitoring the costs of building roads in England

The failure of the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency to keep the costs of the multi-billion pound road building programme under control is highlighted in today’s NAO report.

Road building delays and soaring costs spell bad news for drivers, the general public and the country’s economy.

The plot’s all too familiar with final costs being much higher than originally thought, and many roads not being built to schedule. Although the blame for this does not fall solely on the Department and the Agency, they are getting their road estimates wrong by a mile. It’s simply not good enough that the taxpayer is footing the bill for this.

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