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Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2000 16:34:53 GMT
From: Jo Makepeace (
Subject: SchNEWS 245, Friday 28th January 2000

Midland Expressway Limited £700M short


Midland Expressway Limited (MEL), the company behind the Birmingham Northern Relief Road, are in a little financial strife thanks to a long public enquiry and the occupation of the site by protesters. After a 3 year delay the cost of the road has doubled, and now MEL is being relieved by a shortlist of eight of yer favourite banks. MEL are looking for a little spare change from the banks, somewhere in the region of 700million, to make sure the road goes ahead.

As Birmingham Friends of the Earth points out "Investment into this road is the achilles' heel for the Highways Agency and the Department of the Environment."

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