The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, has targeted traffic hotspots across England to receive millions of pounds for investment to upgrade junctions, roundabouts and traffic signalling.
The projects, which are due to complete by spring 2020, are worth around £110M and will target reducing congestion and journey times for motorists and improving safety.
Two larger projects worth £30M will see the creation of an unbroken stretch of dual carriageway on the A69 between Hexham and Newcastle. A new junction worth £14M will also be created on the M11 to provide another route into Harlow, cutting journey times as well as unlocking housing developments. A further £110M will be invested on improving more roads, with details revealed at a later date.
As announced in the Chancellor’s Budget, the North of England is set to receive £90M of investment to solve the regions congestion pinch points.
Highways England has identified four schemes worth £6.4M, two to improve the A595/A66 junctions at Great Clifton and the Fitz Roundabout, as well as the A585 at Norcross and junction 3 of the M55. These projects will all get underway by winter 2018 and be completed by spring 2019. A further £21M has been set aside to improve roads in the North West.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “We are making the most extensive improvements to roads in the last 40 years, investing a record £23Bn to keep our country moving and make journeys faster, better and more reliable for everyone. We are also spending a further £1.3Bn over the course of this parliament to relieve congestion and provide important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future. These schemes announced today will provide quick relief to millions of drivers and save them from getting stuck in traffic.”
Source – UK Construction Online