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Road building is supposed to cut congestion and boost the economy – my research suggests otherwise

By David Metz, Honorary Professor of Transport Studies, UCL
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British politicians, national and local, tend to like investing in roads. The Treasury believes that the Department for Transport’s approach to economic analysis is sound, and so is willing to award substantial funds. The department is happy to accept them, as are the civil engineering contractors that benefit.

The most recent result is a £27.4 billion investment programme designed to maintain and enlarge England’s…

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