An initial £110 million has been allocated in a bid to tackle congestion and journey times
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced funding to tackle pinch points in the national road network in his recent Spring Budget. Chris Grayling, the Transport Minister, has now set out how the first £110 million has been designated, with further schemes to be announced in the near future.
With an eye to promoting the “Northern Powerhouse” strategy – attempting to spread prosperity beyond the South East – the majority has been allocated outside of London. With £27.4 million going to the North, £63 million to Yorkshire and the North East, £23.9 million going to the Midlands and £32.1 million going to the South West, lucrative tenders will be sought across the country.
Projects range from improving roundabouts and junctions to Driver Information schemes, from road widening to increasing capacity and improvements to traffic management and technology. One large project in the North will see £30 million being spent to extend the dual carriageway between Newcastle and Hexham on the A69, whilst in the South East £14 million will be spent adding a new junction to the M11 at Harlow, cutting journey times and congestion and improving local access. It is hoped that this first round of projects will be completed by Spring 2020.
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