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ADEPT response to Conservative Party conference pledges

30 September 2019

Responding to speeches at the Conservative Party conference, Darryl Eyers, President of the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport said: “We welcome the spending proposals outlined in speeches from the Chancellor, Sajid Javid and Housing Minister, Robert Jenricks, at the Conservative party conference today. We are pleased to see new investment for roads maintenance and the strategic road network (SRN) alongside a significant funding for public transport that will potentially deliver essential carbon reductions. As ever with conference announcements, we wait to see the details and ADEPT looks forward to contributing to the consultation process that will consider any relaxation of the planning laws.

“We have been eagerly awaiting a further Government announcement in relation to the full fibre pledge. Spending £5 billion on broadband is welcome news, especially if concentrated in rural areas, but more work is required. It appears that the money is to be shared between full fibre and 5G projects and therefore falls short of being a revolution in terms of investment in broadband. ADEPT looks forward to working closely with Government to develop the case for further funding.”