Major £6.1 billion Road Improvements Announced To Cut Congestion

The Transport Minister has announced a series of road upgrades, welcomed by motoring organisations

Less time on the road could well be a reality for many drivers, as Transport Minister Jesse Norman has announced a £6.1 billion round of upgrades to the British road network, aimed at reducing congestion, shortening journey times and improving capacity for increased traffic.

The plans form part of the government’s overall pledge of a £15 billion investment in road upgrades between 2015 and 2021.

Over the next six months, the plans include starting eight new schemes, consulting on 10 existing areas of road improvements and finalising the details for 29 more.

Jesse 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.”

The investment has received positivity from Edmund King, the president of the AA, who commented: “Drivers will welcome this much-needed investment on some of the nation’s most important routes. As well as increasing capacity and smoothing traffic flow, we believe that significant road safety benefits can be to be achieved especially with the A1 improvements.”

Drivers in Northumberland will see capacity added to the A1, with similar changes made to the busy A12 Colchester bypass. Shorter journey times to the south-west of England and the Stonehenge world heritage site should also be welcomed by motorists and tourists alike.

Significant schemes will also include improvements to Junction 19 the M6 near Knutsford to smooth the flow of traffic and better links between the Port of Liverpool and the motorway network.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “This latest unveiling is a particularly welcome demonstration that the promised money is not only available but is being spent on schemes that really matter, and that our calls to remember the local roads — where our journeys begin and end — are being heard.”


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