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Slowdown in governmental road maintenance money. Motorists may have to suffer more years of repairs after a sharp rise in maintenance and operational costs have made a hole in the government’s pocket. The last seven years have seen an increase of 80 percent, despite measures introduced in 2003 designed to make things cheaper. The Centre Party’s (Sp) Minister of Transport, Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa confirms that government grants in next week’s budget will be inadequate.

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Slowdown in governmental road maintenance money

Published on Wednesday, 29th September, 2010 at 14:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Motorists may have to suffer more years of repairs after a sharp rise in maintenance and operational costs have made a hole in the government’s pocket.

Road works sign
Road works sign
Photo: Swedish Road Administration/Wikitravel


The last seven years have seen an increase of 80 percent, despite measures introduced in 2003 designed to make things cheaper.

The Centre Party’s (Sp) Minister of Transport, Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa confirms that government grants in next week’s budget will be inadequate.

“I can confirm road operating costs have become significantly more expensive in the last few years. There are many reasons, but the scope of maintenance work is considerably wider than what was projected in 2003,” she tells NRK.

NAF (the Norwegian Automobile Federation) called for a review of the standard of Norwegian roads earlier this year.

“There is reason to question whether the standard is worse than expected,” Director of Public Relations Håkon Glomsaker said.

Last year’s pre-election National Transport Plan was designed to improve Norway’s infrastructure, and the WEF’s (World Economic Forum) 2008-2009 Global Competitiveness Report showed Norwegian roads were amongst the worst in Europe.

Conservative Party (H) Deputy Leader Jan Tore Sanner MP, criticises the government for pulling the wool over people’s eyes.

“The government has misled people if they do not give transport a real boost [in next week’s Budget], which also includes higher road standards. We been consistently told money would not be an issue and that transport should be prioritized,” he says.



Published on Wednesday, 29th September, 2010 at 14:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: roads, repairs, government, money, delays, budget, transport, cars, magnhild, meltveit, kleppa, jan, tore, sanner, centre, conservative, party, world, economic, forum, wef.





  
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