Four rood schemes on hold • The future of four
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road building proiects, including the Birmingham Relief Road, is in doubt under the Labour Government. The new administration has ordered a review of the public finance initiative, which includes the design, build, finance and operate system (DBFO). Although Labour says it backs the principle of DBFO, three projects have gone on hold. They are: a The Cumbria-Brodford improvement on the A65/ A629/A650/A590; I] The South Midlands network scheme, which involves five bypasses on the A6/A43/A421/A428; Li The Weald and Downland scheme on the A21/A26/A27/A259. The three projects would hove brought more than £250m of construction. They have been postponed because contractors are only at the bidding stage. DBFO schemes operate where contractors build, upgrade and maintain roads and are paid for their use by the Government for up to 30 years.