Transport for the North (TfN) has bid for £700 million through the National Roads Fund to improve the region’s road connectivity.
A proposal of 16 road projects has been submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) which TfN wish to see funding for as part of the National Roads Fund for 2020 – 2025.
TfN collaborated with 50 highway authorities and 20 local transport authority members before submitting the funding request to the the government that will improve road connectivity; the projects chosen are seen as economically important and in urgent need of attention to ensure they can support growth in the North and play a major role in a sustainable and strategic transport network.
The projects chosen to improve road connectivity include 12 on the Major Road Network (MRN), and four Large Local Major (LLM) schemes that could be finished by 2025.
The feeling is the money is available through the National Roads Fund and TfN are putting plans in place for each scheme, all of which have been described of fundamental local importance, bringing wider benefits by enabling multi-modal journeys and opening up new routes.
Projects include roads in Cumbria, North of Tyne, Sheffield, West Yorkshire, Tees Valley, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, East Riding and York.
The request for funding comes hot on the heels of TfN’s call for the government to commit to a ‘Northern Budget’ for rail improvements in the region.
And Peter Molyneux, Major Roads Director for TfN, said the funding is necessary because of ‘years of underinvestment’.
He said: “Years of underinvestment in road networks across the North has resulted in slow journey times and poor reliability.
“With more than 80% of commuting trips and 87% of freight movements using the road network in the North, our people and businesses are being held back, which is why our leaders are calling for a commitment to road and rail projects as part of a Northern Budget.
“Investment in our roads will complement the improvements in rail and ticketing to make the North better connected and improve opportunities for all.”