PRESS NOTICE: Publication of Report


The Transport Committee’s Fourth Report of the 2002-03 Session, on Local Roads and Pathways (HC 407-I), will be published on Wednesday 25 June at 11.00am at a Press Conference at 11.00am in Committee Room 16.

Roads and pathways form a part of every single journey we make every day. They are the public service that is used most frequently and used by everyone. This report presents the findings of the Committee's investigation into:

•Investment in maintenance;

•Local authority performance;

•Government plans to tackle the problem; and

•Whether the Government is likely to meet its targets to improve the roads.

Utility companies carry out over 1.8 million road works every year. The Committee also investigated their contribution to the network of patched up road and footpath surfaces seen in many areas, in particular:

•The standard of repairs by utilities;

•The failure of current legislation to reduce disruption;

•The Government's proposals to improve co-ordination and reduce delays; and

•'Congestion Tsars' for cities.

Advance copies of the Report will be available under embargo on Tuesday 24 June in the Press Gallery from 11.00 am, and to witnesses and other media from 11.00 am to 12 noon from the Transport Committee Office, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA.  Witness copies not collected by 12 noon will be posted first class. 

If you would like a copy of the report, but did not submit written or oral evidence to the inquiry, then you may purchase it from The Stationery Office Ltd (tel: 08457 023474).  The text of the report will also be available on The Stationery Office’s website from approximately 12.00noon on 25 June  (

Oral and Written Evidence will be published at a later date and copies will be posted to witnesses.

Press Notice   26/2002-03 23 June 2003

Eve Samson, Clerk