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Roads for Prosperity praised by papers of the left and right

How did the newspapers report Roads for Prosperity? Rik Thomas looks back

By Rik Thomas
Conservative transport secretary Paul Channon was widely praised by the papers for Roads for Prosperity
Conservative transport secretary Paul Channon was widely praised by the papers for Roads for Prosperity

 

“The outcry from frustrated businessmen and the road haulage industry has led to the large increase in the Government’s road spending, from more than £5bn to £12bn, outlined in yesterday’s White Paper,” The Times informed its readers on 19 May 1989. “Mr Paul Channon, the secretary of state for transport, has made speed the priority in the extensive programme for the next 10 years... Average construction times of 15 years will be sliced back by four...

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