The government has unveiled a £6.1Bn programme of road improvements as part of its £23Bn upgrade to England’s major roads and motorways.
Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, said the investment would see road users benefit from shorter journey times, reduced congestion and increased capacity on roads.
Over the course of the next six months, the government will move forward on 55 road improvements across the country, including opening eight schemes, consulting on ten schemes and publishing final plans for another 29 schemes.
This will include the route for the new A19 Downhill Lane junction, which will support the new international manufacturing park by significantly increasing road capacity, easing traffic and improving safety — as well as boosting the local
Mr Norman said: “Road users across England should soon be seeing the benefits of these improvements in their daily lives, which are designed to link people better with their jobs, friends, family and local amenities, as well as connecting businesses with customers.
“Over the next 6 months we expect to roll out our vital upgrade plan — taking next steps on £6.1 billion-worth of schemes and seeking to hear from local people, organisations and businesses to help shape our plans and ensure they benefit local communities.”
The Minister said the he would soon be announcing the winners of the 2017 to 2018 highways maintenance challenge fund, which will see the government invest £75M in improving local roads through resurfacing, filling potholes and other infrastructure projects.