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Cameron Ditches Green Strategy In ‘Roads Revolution’

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Lucy Fisher and Michael Savage, The Times

David Cameron will put a multibillion-pound “roads revolution” at the heart of the next election. The road projects signal that the prime minister is distancing himself from the green pledges in the party’s 2010 election manifesto.

In a speech today the prime minister is due to pledge hundreds of miles of extra lanes on some of the busiest motorways and trunk roads. The plans will be among 100 road projects introduced by the end of the decade. Tory strategists hope that it will give MPs a strong message on voters’ doorsteps next May.

The programme forms part of the government’s £15 billion investment in roads up to 2020, announced in last year’s budget, and is £6 billion more than has been spent in this parliament.

However, it will lead to further accusations that Mr Cameron has abandoned the green policies he backed at the start of his leadership.

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