LONDON (Reuters) \u2013 Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to shake Britain\u2019s economy out of its coronavirus-induced crisis on Tuesday by fast-tracking infrastructure investment and slashing property planning rules. As Britain emerges from lockdown, Johnson is looking to move past criticism of his government\u2019s handling of the pandemic with a plan to repair the economic damage and reshape the country. \u201cWe cannot continue simply to be prisoners of the crisis,\u201d Johnson said. \u201cWe must work fast because we\u2019ve already seen the vertiginous drop in GDP and we know that people are worried now about their jobs and their businesses.\u201d His message, delivered at a college in the central English town of Dudley, was overshadowed by the announcement of a new lockdown in Leicester, just 50 miles away, where COVID-19 infections are surging. Nevertheless, with an exhortation to \u201cbuild, build, build\u201d, Johnson announced plans to speed up government infrastructure spending and cut through the red tape around planning to make private sector property development easier.. \u201cWe will build the hospitals, build the schools, the colleges. But we will also build back greener and build a more beautiful Britain,\u201d he said. Promising not to cut spending, he compared his plan to then U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt\u2019s 1930s \u201cNew Deal\u201d, which included job-creating public works projects to help the United States recover from the Great Depression. \u201cIt sounds like a prodigious amount of government intervention, sounds like a new deal ... If that is so, then that is how it\u2019s meant to sound,\u201d Johnson said. SPENT SOONER Tuesday\u2019s headline spending announcement of 5 billion pounds ($6 billion) amounts to around 5% of gross public sector investment last year. Most had already been announced and is only being spent sooner than planned. \u201cIt\u2019s not enough,\u201d Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer told the BBC. \u201cThe prime minister promised a new deal - well there\u2019s not much that\u2019s new and it\u2019s not much of a deal.\u201d Kate Forbes, finance secretary for the devolved Scottish government, said the stimulus was below the response of countries like Germany. Layla Moran of the Liberal Democrats said it amounted to \u201cscrabbling together a few quid rattling around behind the government sofa\u201d. The 5 billion pounds of accelerated investment will be made up of projects including hospitals, schools and roads. Finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce further details next week. Britain\u2019s recent history shows that while big infrastructure projects are often seen as a way to create jobs improve the economy, they are difficult to deliver. A new underground train line in London is over budget and late, as is a north-south high speed rail link. After decades of discussing airport expansion at London Heathrow, the project remains mired in legal challenges. \u201cThe key now is to ensure that these projects get off the ground as a matter of urgency,\u201d said Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive of manufacturing trade body Make UK.