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Government announces 100 new road schemes worth £15bn

Published 01 December 2014

The Government has announced a £15bn investment in the UK road network, with 100 new road schemes to be implemented over this parliament and the next. £1.5bn will be invested in adding extra lanes to major motorways and adding more ‘smart’ motorway sections with variable speed limits.

1300 miles of extra lanes are set to be added to the motorway network, improving transport links between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Yorkshire. Other roads to benefit from an overhaul include the A303 and A358 near Stonehenge – allowing drivers to get from London to near Land’s End almost entirely on dual-carriageway roads.

The A1 will be made into dual-carriageway all the way to Ellingham, near the Scottish border, while the M62 from Manchester to Leeds will be made entirely into smart motorway. Norfolk will be better connected to the A1 and A11 and will benefit from more dual carriageway sections.

Elsewhere the A27 along the South Coast will be improved to ease congestion and the M42 will be enhanced, meaning better access to Birmingham Airport, the NEC and the High Speed 2 railway interchange.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, said: “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.” 

However, Labour dismissed the proposals. The Shadow Transport Secretary, Michael Dugher, called the proposals "desperate".

The RAC was pleased with the announcement. RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: “Today’s announcement is to be applauded as a victory for common sense and a clear blueprint for investment in England’s strategic road network which will deliver long-term benefits for all road users and for the UK economy."

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