Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced proposed plans to improve and develop Britain’s road network for the future. Traffic hotspots across England have been identified and are to receive millions of pounds which will go towards junction upgrades, roundabout improvements and better traffic signalling systems.
The announcement includes two larger projects, worth around £30 million which will create an un-broken stretch of dual carriageway on the A69 between Newcastle and Hexham. An extra £14 million will be used towards creating a new junction on the M11 to provide an additional route into Harlow, which will see journey times cut dramatically, as well as allowing housing developments.
There will also be an additional £110m which will be invested on improving more roads, with details on them being revealed at a later date.
Grayling said: “We are making the most extensive improvements to roads in the last 40 years, investing a record £23 billion 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.”
The North West will see a total of £27.4 million for road developments including £3 million being spent on capacity improvements on A585 Norcross.
Yorkshire and the North East will see a total of £63 million with £15 million alone going to improving junctions on the A69/A68 near Corbridge.
The Midlands will see a total of £23.9 million with a chunk of that money going towards widening the A5 Old Stratford road.
The South East will see a total of £53.2 million which will see £2.5 million spent on improving Junction 7 on the M27.
The South West will receive a total of £32.1 million which will see £4.3 million upgrading driver information and queue protection schemes between Junctions 17-18 on the M5.
The East will receive £16.8 million which is the lowest across the whole of England. A huge £14million will be spent improving Junction 7a on the M11 near Harlow and Essex.