Invest in roads: BRF
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JOB LOSSES amount to 10,000 as a result of cuts in local road maintenance since 1975, Shaun Leslie, chief economist to the British Road Federation, told the Liberal Party conference in Llandudno.
Since that year the budget for country and regional road maintenance has been slashed from £770m to £660m, he said, calling for this shortfall to be reinvested in road maintenance to aid industry.
He said that industry will lose at least £15m this year through delays caused by motorway reconstruction work.
The money for better roads is available, according to the BRF economist, owing to the increase in fuel tax in the March Budget.