The Government has announced that “900 extra lane miles of road capacity" will be added to England’s strategic highway network by 2021 – a third more than was provided in the previous decade.
The additional capacity will be added through a £24bn investment programme which the Government says is the biggest since the 1970s. The investment includes more than £9bn on maintenance, £6bn of which will be spent on resurfacing 3,000 miles of the strategic road network.
John Hayes, roads minister, said: “We are fixing problems created by Governments of the past by delivering around 35% more capacity on our roads than was delivered in the nine years up to 2010.
“We’re doing this with great care for our environment. This extra capacity will be achieved mainly by the use of smart motorways and selective widening to minimise the environmental impact.”
The Government has committed to 60 new road schemes, the majority of which will be completed by 2021, which will provide 962 miles of new road. By comparison, in the period 2001 to 2010, 574 lane miles were constructed.