Underperforming roads sector is hampering growth, CECA says

A poorly-performing roads sector is acting as a brake on growth to the wider economy, according to civils contractors.

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) have published their quarterly Workload Trends Report, which shows that workloads fell in work on motorways and trunk roads (-29%) and local roads (-16%) compared with a year ago, on balance.

CECA’s head of external affairs Marie-Claude Hemming said: “Today’s results show that although the infrastructure sector as a whole is performing well, nonetheless the roads sector is yet to reflect the government’s planned programme of investment.

“The roads network is integral to the UK’s economy. We must take steps to ensure investment in the sector is implemented in a timely and efficient manner, to prevent it acting as a hindrance to wider economic growth.

“CECA calls on government to take steps to ensure planned investment in the roads sector is unlocked, so that our members can deliver a roads network capable of sustaining projected levels of demand.”

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