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Tories to hail ‘infrastructure revolution’ – as MPs plot Brexit ambush

by Ace Damon
Chancellor Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid will detail a billion-pound spending blitz on roads, buses and broadband, while Conservatives continue their reaction at their conference in Manchester.

The chancellor's wave of infrastructure spending – aimed at diverting attention from Boris Johnson's criticism of Brexit and his friendship with an American businesswoman – includes plans for a fully electric bus city.

Hailing an "infrastructure revolution," Javid told Sky News before his conference speech: "It will be the largest increase in government infrastructure investment this country has ever seen.

"These are the things we trust every day: the roads that get us to work, get our kids to school, the fiber optics that can help small businesses negotiate with people around the world.

"Many other countries have made progress on this and we have done a lot in recent years, but we can do much more."

But Labor Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has already dismissed Javid's plans as "reanimating announcements and wet pumpkins," also describing them as "moving around the edges."

Spending promises on the second day of the Tory conference come as opposition party leaders gather in Westminster to plan their latest actions to block any deal, thwart Brexit or even drive Johnson off 10 Downing Street.

Conservatives are said to have cars and even helicopters ready to take ministers and parliamentarians from Manchester to London in the event of a parliamentary ambush and stabbing votes in the House of Commons this week.

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The infrastructure measures that Javid will describe include:

  • Funding for the first projects under the government's second road investment strategy – which will set out plans to deliver over 25 billion pounds already committed on strategic roads between 2020 and 2025.
  • 14 new local road schemes being implemented to make improvements and upgrades; including work to complete the A66 Trans-Pennine Expressway duo from Scotch Corner to Penrith and the A46 Newark bypass; improve the exchange of M60 Simister Island in Manchester; and starting construction of the A428 in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.
  • £ 220m for bus services throughout England. This includes new "superbus" networks, including the creation of Britain's first electric bus city and the expansion of the low-emission bus fleet.
  • The chancellor will also establish new plans to invest $ 5 billion to support the deployment of full-fiber, 5G and other gigabit-capable networks to the hardest to reach 20% in the country.

Javid – the son of a bus driver – also says the government will ensure that passengers using the bus have the best experience and the most value for money. This will include:

  • Make more information available to app developers, meaning that bus fares and location data across the country will be available to passengers online.
  • Working with industry to ensure all buses accept contactless payments.
  • Invest another £ 30 million to improve existing routes and restore lost services.
  • £ 20 million in on-demand bus service trials that will reach people from their communities at a time convenient for them.

Responding to Javid's infrastructure announcements, McDonnell said: "This combination of reanimated ads and wet abuse shows the real difference between the parties: conservatives shuffling the edges against the fundamental shift in power and wealth from the few – to many.

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"One hundred and thirteen times more for roads than for public transport mock the Conservatives' so-called green credentials.

"And yet another promise, this time for broadband, turns out to be false: Boris Johnson has asked for full fiber for all installations by 2025, but the chancellor now says he will invest 5 billion pounds in & # 39; gigabit; of lower quality technology, less than a sixth of what will be required to provide total fiber to all.

"The workforce will start half a trillion spending and loans to finance a Green Industrial Revolution and provide a long-awaited rise in living standards after years of stagnant wages."



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