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Budget 2016: Civils contractors impatient for detail

16 Mar 16 Civil engineering contractors have welcomed Chancellor George Osborne’s announcements in his 2016 budget of new money for flood defences, as well as confirmation of a number of major schemes.

The 2016 budget included the announcement of an additional £700m boost to spending on flood defences by 2020-21.

There was also backing for continued planning work on Crossrail 2, High Speed 3 between Leeds and Manchester, and upgrades to the M62, A66 and A69. But there is no news yet on when spades might start hitting the ground on any of these projects.

Alasdair Reisner, chief executive of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), said: “Having provided a pipeline of forward investment, CECA welcomes steps the government has taken to start planning for the infrastructure the country will need in the second half of this decade.

“However, we would like to see more details on the proposed timetables of new work, and to ensure schemes announced in this budget - as well as those yet to be brought forward from previous budgets - are delivered without delay.”

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