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Media monitor: Issue 475 16 Aug 2007

Guardian says M6 widening will cost £1,000 an inch

On 31 July The Guardian helpfully detailed for its readers exactly how much widening a section of the M6 motorway was going to cost the taxpayer. "In the pantheon of Britain's great engineering feats, it remains relatively modest; the widening of the M6 motorway along a 51-mile stretch between Birmingham and Manchester," the paper began. "But in terms of sheer cost, the UK may never have seen its like before. Every inch of the proposed new road is estimated to cost £897....

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