Transport emerged as the biggest winner in the review, with a 20% annual increase over the next three years which will raise spending from £4.9bn this year to £9.1bn by 2003-4.
The spending boost applies to railways across the UK, as well as roads and local transport. Non-rail transport spending in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is dealt with separately.
The size of the increase was welcomed, but the details may not please everybody. The UK’s road infrastructure is suffering from an increasing number of bottlenecks, and the rail network will have to deal with a projected 50% increase in passengers by 2010.
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