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In her maiden speech as the UK prime minister, Liz Truss emphasised the Government’s ambition to improve Britain’s strategic road network.

Ms Truss stressed the importance of investment in the nation’s infrastructure and pledged that faster road building will be a priority under her leadership.

Ms Truss declared: “Now is the time to tackle the issues that are holding Britain back. We need to build roads, homes and broadband faster. We need more investment and great jobs in every town and city in the country.

“I have a bold plan to grow the economy through tax cuts and reform. I will cut taxes to reward hard work and boost business-led growth and investment. I will drive reform in my mission to get the United Kingdom working, building and growing.” 

Dealing with current pressures including mounting inflation and low energy supply, was also within her plan. The new PM has plenty of experience in the energy and telecommunications industry having previously worked in the sector for 10 years.

“We will get spades in the ground to make sure people are not facing unaffordable energy bills and we will also make sure that we are building hospitals, schools, roads and broadband”, Truss added.

The next steps for investment in the strategic road network will come from the Department for Transport’s draft Road Investment Strategy. This will then be finalised and National Highways’ will begin its Strategic Business Plan, mobilising the building of new roads in 2024-2025.

Elizabeth Truss was appointed prime minister on 6 September 2022. She was previously secretary of state for foreign, commonwealth and development affairs from 15 September 2021 and minister for women and equalities from 10 September 2019.


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