David Cameron's half-hearted plans for road privatisation will fail to deliver

Ruth Porter writes for the Daily Telegraph

David Cameron’s plan to privatise parts of the road system makes a refreshingly aspirational change from the doom and gloom of these tough economic times. Sadly, the timidity of the measures being proposed cannot match the Victorian grandeur of its aims. Leasing sections of road to the private sector and possibly allowing tolls on new roads will not bring anywhere near the level of investment Britain needs into its chronically underfunded infrastructure.

The irony of course is that this Government has steamrollered through HS2 in the face of massive public opposition, and despite economic evaluations showing i