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David Cameron announces “roads revolution”Back

davidCThe Prime Minister has announced in next month’s Autumn Statement, there will be plans for a £15 billion pound project to improve 100 of Britain’s busiest roads and motorways.

Motorists have been promised a “roads revolution” with more than 100 major road projects planned by the end of the decade whilst the economy continues to recover.

Speaking today at the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference in London, David Cameron said that the Government will embark on the “biggest, boldest and most far-reaching road improvement programme” for 40 years.

The plans will include hundreds of miles of new lanes for congested motorways and trunk roads whilst the green light will finally be given to major projects that have had to be stalled for years.

In his Autumn Statement on December 3, Chancellor George Osborne will announce plans for improvements to the A303 to the south-west, the A1 north of Newcastle to Scotland, the A1 Newcastle-Gateshead western bypass, the Trans-Pennine roads in the north of England, the A47 in the east of England and the A27 on the south coast. It is also thought that a new tunnel will be built under Stonehenge on the A303.

Mr Cameron added: “This will be nothing less than a roads revolution – one which will lead to quicker journey times, more jobs, and businesses boosted right across the country.”

But although the new measures to improve Britain’s roads will come as welcome relief to many campaigners and motoring organisations, there still remain growing concerns regarding the future of some of Britain’s major roads and motorways.

Neil Addley, managing director at Trusteddealers.co.uk said: “The fact that the government is willing to invest a further £15 billion into improving the state of the country’s roads can only be a positive thing, however, there is more that needs to be done.

“As the number of vehicles on Britain’s roads continues to rise, aside from improving the existing road network, we need to create new roads that run in conjunction with the existing ones, to help divert traffic away from the main hot spots and further reduce the amount of accidents.”

A34One of the roads that prompts an urgent call for action is the A34 that has recently been branded “one of the worst roads in the country” with more than 1,800 collisions on the Oxfordshire stretch claiming 56 lives over almost two decades and thousands of injuries.

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood has called for “urgent investment” to tackle “one of the biggest issues standing between Oxfordshire and economic growth.”

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 11/11/2014