The Transport Secretary opened a £400 million upgrade of the A1, and announced a further £173 million investment on three other projects.
Chris Grayling said it is symptomatic of Highways England’s delivery of road schemes across the country; the upgrade of the A1 is expected to save drivers up to 3,000 hours a day in journey time.
It is a significant development, as this is the sixth to be completed under the £15 billion Road Investment Strategy; the A1 Leeming to Barton scheme is though to be the largest road building project in the north.
The extra £173 million allocated by DfT will help to improve the North Devon Link Road; create the Melton Mowbray Eastern Distributor Road; and improve Jock’s Lodge junction close to Beverley.
At the official opening of the A1, Mr Grayling explained the impact the extra investment will have throughout the country.
He said: “We are investing record amounts in investing our roads – giving motorists quicker and safer journeys to go to work, see family and friends, or go shopping.
“Highways England is making good progress in delivering new road schemes right across the country, providing improved connections and new opportunities for businesses.
“But we’re not just focusing on our major roads. I have announced £173 million for schemes in Leicestershire, Devon and East Riding, which will not only save drivers time stuck in traffic, but help support thousands of new jobs and homes.”
Of the £173 million, £49.5 million will be allocated to Melton Mowbray to create a new bypass – part of the government’s programme of Large Local Major schemes. This will support thousands of new jobs and homes by 2026, something that is crucial at a time of housing shortages.
Elsewhere, £83.1 million will ensure the widening of North Devon Lock Link Road, and £40.8 million will go to East Riding Council to make part of the A164 a dual carriageway.