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Government announces biggest upgrade to roads in a generationBack

011214 NewsA £15 billion plan to upgrade Britain’s roads has been announced to parliament today.

The £15 billion ‘Road investment strategy’ was announced by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, and the plan aims to triple levels of spending by the end of the decade to increase the capacity and condition of the UK’s roads network.

Over this parliament and the next, the government plans to invest in more than 100 new road schemes, with 84 schemes announced today. The first ever ‘Road investment strategy’, aims to keep the population connected and the economy growing.

Over 1,300 new lane miles will be added to motorways and trunk roads in a bid to tackle congestion and fix notorious and longstanding problem areas on the network. £1.5 billion of investment will go towards adding extra lanes onto key motorways in order to turn them into smart motorways and boost connectivity between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Yorkshire.

Patrick McLoughlin said:“Today I am setting out the biggest, boldest and most far-reaching roads programme for decades. It will dramatically improve our road network and unlock Britain’s economic potential.

“Roads are key to our nation’s prosperity. For too long they have suffered from under-investment.

“This government has a long term plan to secure the country’s future and this £15 billion roads programme is demonstration of that. Better roads allow us to travel freely, creating jobs and opportunities, benefiting hardworking families across the country.”

Neil Addley, managing director of Trusted Dealers said: It’s to be welcomed that after years of under investment, the government is proposing this road building plan. It’s essential that the government see this plan through.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, said: “Our long term-economic plan means today we can invest an unprecedented £15 billion into Britain’s infrastructure to improve repair and expand our roads.

“Our plans will transform some of the country’s most important strategic routes, with ambitious projects to dual the A303, A1, A27 and the A47 as well as spending on important local infrastructure boosting productivity and helping local economies.

“For years our roads have been neglected. Now that this government is fixing the economy, we can afford to invest properly in our roads – unlocking jobs for the future and local growth by creating a road network that is fit for the 21st century.”

As well as increasing capacity and transforming the busiest sections of the network, the government is transforming the Highways Agency into a government-owned company; this will mean funding can be allocated on a longer term basis, saving the taxpayer at least £2.6 billion over the next 10 years.

 

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 01/12/2014