A series of road schemes in the north have been given the green light as part of the government’s drive to revolutionise local transport.
Road schemes in Liverpool, Lancashire, Tees Valley and Stockport were all part of a £700 million bid from Transport for the North (TfN) to the National Roads Fund (NRF) in the summer of 2019.
All four schemes have great economic importance for the region and could all either be on site or completed by 2025.
Road users would see tangible benefits by reducing congestion, supporting public transport and active travel.
The four road schemes that have been awarded funding by the Department for Transport (DfT) include the Rocket junction in Liverpool – worth £1.23 million; the A582 South Ribble Western Distributor Upgrade in Lancashire will benefit from £440,000 of investment; £320,000 has been awarded for the first phase of the A34 Cheadle-Handforth Improvement Plan; and the A689 Corridor Improvements in the Tees Valley will get £780,000.
TfN’s bid to the NRF was submitted in July last year, and followed the launch of calls for a ‘Northern Budget‘.
There are three key requests for this spending fund: £7 billion to fund a Northern Infrastructure Pipeline of road and rail projects to begin in the next five years; £39 billion for the Northern Powerhouse Rail scheme, and £1 billion for TfN over the next three years.
Peter Molyneux, Major Roads Director at TfN, commented: “Of the six schemes in the NRF to be given development funding in this announcement, four are in the North, which demonstrates the clear commitment to supporting our region and addressing decades of underinvestment in our transport network.
“The schemes address particular local issues around congestion and capacity, and also include active travel and public transport provision.
“By looking beyond cars and lorries to how people use roads for walking, cycling and bus journeys, we can ensure we create a sustainable network that is fit for the future.”