Chinese set to buy UK roads?
22 March 2012, 12:02
England - Sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and private
investors could take control of Britain's main roads under plans to be
announced by prime minister David Cameron in his pre-budget speech.
could also be introduced to help fund new roads as the government seeks
to repair an infrastructure which Cameron claims is "falling behind our
He's already asked the UK Department for
Transport, as well as the Treasury, to carry out a feasibility study on
the proposed changes to road financing, the results of which will be
announced later in 2012. And later news bulletins mentions that the
Chinese were interested in a stake...
Shades of Africa, indeed. We really do lead!
URGENT REPAIRS NEEDED
said: "We need to look urgently at the options for getting large-scale
private investment into the national roads network. Road tolling is one
option - but we are only considering this for new, not existing,
The Conservative Party leader pointed out that much of
Britain's infrastructure was already funded by the private sector and
questioned why Britain's roads still relied on public finances.
said: "There is now an urgent need to repair the decades-long
degradation of our national infrastructure and to build for the future
with as much confidence and ambition as the Victorian age once did."
Motoring group AA warned that the proposals could be "the thin end of the wedge", opening the way for surge in tolling.