Examination of Witnesses (Questions 580
WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2002
580. Yes, but are you convinced you have got
enough money in your budget to do all the safety schemes you want
to do? Is it one of your priorities? What provisions have you
made for safety programmes?
(Mr Matthews) Over the ten-year period there is £470
million set aside for specific safety schemes and that is the
level of investment we are making on targeted small schemes. Of
course, safety is a feature in any of the schemes.
581. Did you include that calculation? When
you were doing your negotiations with the local authorities about
the detrunked roads, did you include a figure for improving safely
or were you assuming that in handing it over you had handed it
over in its pristine state?
(Mr Matthews) Yes, the latter.
582. You are saying it is already in the state
that you do not believe any more safety improvements are necessary?
(Mr Matthews) No, what we are saying
is any further improvements in relation to safety, congestion,
accessibility, or any of the other targets, will be ones for local
authorities to make the judgment.
Chairman: I see. Gentlemen, you have been very
helpful, thank you very much indeed.