No money for lorry routes
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TRANSPORT under-secretary John Horam told the Commons that there was probably no money and certainly no consensus of opinion on the setting up of a national lorry routes network.
Mr Horam, replying to a question from Labour MP Max Madden, said that consultations were still going on but he could not say when there would be any clear guidance on the routes. "One problem is that there is no consensus on the question of routes," he said.
Mr Madden said that the lack of a statement on lorry routes was causing concern to local authorities.
Mr Hal Miller (Tory, Bromsgrove and Redditch) spoke of the concern caused by the delay in reaching a decision to those working in the motor and commercial vehicle industry.
He asked Mr Horam to prevail on the Department to reach a decision and announce it speedily, in order to remove the grave uncertainty that already affected the motor industry as a result of the transport policy document.
Mr Horam understood and sympathised with Mr Miller's point, but said that serious issues were involved, on which people were taking contradictory views.