THERESA MAY urged by thousands of motorists to axe HS2 – and splash the cash on Britain’s crumbling roads.
Campaigners warned the PM that Government risked looking radically “out of touch” if it presses ahead with the £60billion high-speed rail link.
Reuters PM urged by thousands of motorists to axe HS2 – and splash the cash on Britain’s crumbling roads
Fair Fuel UK said over 64 per cent of 12,000 members want the “vanity project” axed – and nearly 90 per cent want a significant increase in investment on roads, repairs and potholes.
The survey comes just months after a damning report claimed Britain’s roads have fallen behind Chile, Cyprus and Oman for quality – despite motorists paying some of the highest taxes in the world.
Separately this weekend, it emerged Government-owned HS2 has spent almost £54,000 on gym memberships and £6,360 on hiring photo booths.
Total spending has reached £5.5billion even before full constriction of the London to Birmingham line begins.
‘OUT OF TOUCH’ MINISTERS
FairFuel UK co-founder Howard Cox said: “Anyone with half a brain knows HS2 is a deepening money pit.
“The Westminster elite must awake from their closeted out of touch reality, scrap their vanity project and spend the money where 90 per cent of all our journeys are made – on UK roads.”
Cabinet Ministers privately believe HS2 could be scrapped despite Government assurances that it will go ahead.
One told The Sun that future Tory leadership contenders are certain to commit to axing the project – if only to free up money for other promises to woo the party’s electorate.
NATIONWIDE ROAD PLAN
The fresh row comes with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling due to announce a new nationwide road plan on Wednesday.
He is expected to reveal that big power, water and phone companies will be held be responsible for the quality of roads they dig up – meaning they could be forced to carry out repairs years after works complete.
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It follows complaints from councils that utility firms are to blame for the pothole epidemic blighting Britain’s road network.
Mr Grayling is also set to back an extension of a ‘permit scheme’ where utilities can be charged per day for carrying out works – to speed them up.
The RAC claims the risk of pothole damage to cars has doubled over the past decade. Industry experts claim there is a £9billion maintenance backlog.
PA:Press Association Campaigners warned the PM that Government risked looking radically ‘out of touch’
PA:Press Association The survey comes just months after a damning report claimed Britain’s roads have fallen behind Chile, Cyprus and Oman for quality
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