Road improvements hit an £840m hole in funding

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Graeme Paton has reported that the National Audit Office has warned 16 upgrades to motorways or A-roads could be cancelled after the Government’s £11bn road investment strategy went £841m over its budget, partly due to the spiralling cost of IT support and works over-running from 2014. The NAO released a report today which claimed that the Department for Transport rushed out the scheme’s blueprint before the 2015 general election, creating risks to the project’s “affordability and delivery” and said that taxpayer-funded company Highways England was reviewing all outstanding projects, with 16 being identified so far as a “risk to value for money”. Staff shortages at Highways England are also a factor. A Department for Transport spokesman said: “We will consider the findings of this report.”

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