More than £100 million will be invested by the government on road projects across the UK, the Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed.
Altogether, 18 new road projects have been confirmed thanks to the funding, which will ultimately deliver faster commutes and improved journeys for users.
This first wave of investment will result in significant upgrades that see safety improved and traffic congestion reduced; four that have been approved for construction include the Preston western distributor scheme – this will deliver a dual carriageway to reduce the city’s congestion; elsewhere, the Stubbington bypass – 3.5km in length – will receive some of the investment.
Other road projects that have been awarded funding to develop business cases for future; these include the A140 Long Stratton Bypass, a project that will divert traffic away from Norwich’s busier routes, therefore reducing congestion and increasing safety through local routes.
The A511 growth corridor will also receive funding to develop its case for construction. This project will deliver a number of improvements, improving access to jobs and services in Leicestershire.
The DfT confirmed that another seven schemes have received approval to proceed and apply for funding at a later date; these road projects will help to support wider economies by creating new jobs as well as opportunities for greener forms of travel through dedicated routes for cyclists and pedestrians.
Further rounds of funding are expected to be announced in the coming months; the first wave of investment and those expected to follow form one part of a wider investment into the country’s road infrastructure.
Already, the government has committed to huge spending promises through its Transforming Cities Fund and Pothole Action Fund.
And this funding for 18 new roads follows a speech made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the Conservative Party Conference, which outlined a pledge to spend in excess of £25 billion on the strategic road network between 2020 and 2025.