The government has unveiled a £6.1 billion road improvement programme.
Part of a commitment to spend £23 billion in order to upgrade England’s road network, the planned programme will increase the road capacity in the country, therefore reducing congestion.
Work will also result in better local road connections and shorter journeys.
In the next six months, the government will put steps in place to improve 55 roads in England, which will also include publication of final plans on 29 schemes, opening a further eight and consulting on 10 others.
Today’s announcements are key components of the government’s 2014 road investment strategy which outlined a £15.2 billion spend on the country’s strategic road network between 2015 and 2021.
Delivered by Highways England, the programme will involve improvements all over the country, such as widening work on the A12 Colchester bypass, and development on the A12 M25 to Chelmsford.
Further north, the programme includes the A1 Northumberland, M6 junction 19 improvements, and alterations to the M621 between junctions 1 to 7.
Transport Minister Jesse Norman announced the road improvements programme and she believes this project will improve the daily lives of road users.
He said: “Road users across England should soon be seeing the benefits of these improvements in their daily lives, which are designed to link people better with their jobs, friends, family and local amenities, as well as connecting businesses with customers.
“Over the next six months we expect to roll out our vital upgrade plan – taking next steps on £6.1 billion worth of schemes and seeking to hear from local people, organisations and businesses to help shape our plans and ensure they benefit local communities.”
Highways England’s Chief Executive, Jim O’Sullivan, added: “Highways England is committed to delivering the government’s investment programme to improve the strategic road network.
“These milestones are critical elements of our current work and we are extremely pleased that we are on track to deliver them.”