The Government has confirmed details of a £15bn programme of investment in more than 100 new road schemes to be completed by the end of this decade.
The plans – under which more than 1,300 new lane miles will be added over the life of the next Parliament – are published in the Government’s ‘road investment strategy’.
Patrick McLoughlin, transport minister, said: “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.”
The new projects include:
• South west: £2bn to dual the entire A303 and A358 to the south west, including a tunnel at Stonehenge. This will allow roads users to drive on a dual carriageway from London to within 15 miles of Land’s End.
• North east: £290m to complete the dualling of the A1 all the way from London to Ellingham, 25 miles from the Scottish border.
• North west and Yorkshire: completing the ‘smart motorway’ along the entire length of the M62 from Manchester to Leeds, together with improvements to trans-Pennine capacity from Manchester to Sheffield.
• North west: improving links to the Port of Liverpool, one of 12 projects designed to improve access to major international gateways.
• South east: £350m of improvements to the A27 along the south coast.
• East of England: £300m to upgrade the east-west connection to Norfolk by dualling sections of the A47.
• London and the south east: improving one-third of the junctions on the M25.
• Midlands: improving the M42 to the east of Birmingham.
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