The Government has announced that more than £1.9 billion will be invested in Britain’s roads during 2014.
In total, the Government has announced investment totalling £4.3 billion to fund 209 schemes, £1.9 billion of which will be spent in 2014 – more than twice the amount spent in 2013.
The Government estimates that the road programmes which will either start or be completed in 2014 will boost the economy by more than £18.8 billion. The schemes are part of a £100 billion package of investment in Britain’s infrastructure over the next seven years, which the Government says is the largest programme of investment since the 1970s.
The roads programme is just one part the Government’s drive to create a “high-performance road network” that can cope with the expected 43% increase in traffic by 2040.
Robert Goodwill, transport minister, said: “Roads are the lifeblood that keeps our economy going – they create jobs and help get products to markets. This Government is committed to delivering the modern infrastructure we need to compete in the global race, investing across the board to cut congestion and reduce journey times in roads, rail and local transport.
“We are already seeing massive improvements being made to our major roads and motorways. In 2014 the public will see even greater improvements right across the country.”
The schemes under construction in 2014 include 178 “pinch point” schemes that tackle local bottlenecks and 31 “major schemes” to improve key networks.
The schemes that are due to start or complete in 2014 include: M4 J19-20 and M6 J5-8 near Birmingham; A11 Fiveways to Thetford near Norwich; M25 J23-27; A45/A46 Tollbar End and M1 J19 improvements in the Midlands; A23 Handcross to Warninglid near Crawley; the M3 J2-4a in the South East; and the A1 Leeming to Barton in the North of England.
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