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Road building, England

HA cuts the cost of new roads

The Highways Agency claims to have cut the cost of each additional lane of new road it builds by more than a quarter in two years.

The HA has reported progress against cost benchmarks set as part of a Whitehall drive to make 15% efficiency savings on infrastructure construction by 2015. These show that the average cost per metre square of new road was £1,900 in 2011/12 compared with £2,600 two years ago.

The figures are based on a small sample of five schemes built during the last financial...

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