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Government to improve road journeys across the country with £93 million investment and cutting-edge transport tech

Investment to target current pinch points on local roads.

  • 32 local authorities awarded share of £93.4 million to repair roads and bridges
  • a further £900,000 will fund scientists, innovators, academics and tech-focused start-ups to research new ways to future proof the UK’s roads
  • latest push by government to level up connectivity, by helping councils fix key infrastructure, tackling congestion and improving journeys

Communities around the country are set to benefit from a £93 million boost to connectivity, ensuring England’s roads are fit for the 21st century.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere has announced that 32 local authorities will receive investment for essential repair works, levelling up infrastructure, cutting congestion, improving road conditions and making journeys easier.

This includes over £4 million for crucial repairs to the New Elvet Bridge in Durham along with £3.7 million to help refurbish several steel bridges around Northumberland.

This comes as government boosts UK innovators through a £900,000 investment to fund cutting-edge research projects aimed at creating a better transport system – the first of which include world-leading innovations to spot and repair potholes.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said:

There is nothing more frustrating than a journey delayed by poor road conditions, and this multi-million pound boost will help improve connectivity across the country.

This investment will not only help local areas to target current pinch points on their roads, but will also harness our world-leading research and innovation capabilities to future proof the next generation of journeys.

One of the projects to receive funding for tech projects will see the development of a new AI-powered app to detect potholes in real-time, using mobile phone sensors to measure when cyclists ride over or swerve to avoid them. It is hoped the app will help local authorities to quickly identify when potholes are forming and take quicker action to fill them.

Another project known as Shape-Pot will create 3D pothole models to create a fully autonomous repair platform capable of automatic, uniform repairs – accelerating the transport network of the future.

Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool Paolo Paoletti said:

The Shape-Pot project has the potential to change the way roads and their defects are managed, promoting a data-driven approach to management and improving efficiency - making roads safer and more accessible.

Thanks to the T-TRIG funding, the team will create a proof-of-principle autonomous robotic platform to characterise road surface, a first step toward autonomous maintenance of roads.

This announcement is the latest in the government’s drive for a transport revolution, and is part of over £6.6 billion awarded between 2015 and 2021 to improve the condition of the local highway networks.

The schemes awarded funding are:

Year awarded Tranche Authority Region Project Asset type DfT funding (£m) Total cost (£m)
Feb-20 2B Essex County Council E Army and Navy Flyover Structure 0.38 0.38
Feb-20 2B Essex County Council E Major maintenance to Braintree town centre Maintenance 1 2.5
Feb-20 2B Norfolk County Council E A1122 Marham major maintenance Maintenance 2.539 2.818
Feb-20 2B Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority E A15 Vehicle Restraint System Replacement (safety barriers) Structure 0.419 0.855
Feb-20 2B Derbyshire County Council EM A6 Derwent Valley highway maintenance Maintenance 4.867 5.017
Feb-20 2B Lincolnshire County Council EM A52 Roman Bank reconstruction Maintenance 3.649 4.849
Feb-20 2B Durham County Council NE New Elvet Bridge maintenance Structure 4.238 4.97
Feb-20 2B Northumberland County Council NE Steel Bridge refurbishment Structure 3.7 4.8
Feb-20 2B South Tyneside Council NE Albert Road Bridge refurbishment Structure 1.479 2.113
Feb-20 2B Lancashire County Council NW East Lancashire retaining walls strengthening Maintenance 3.168 3.96
Feb-20 2B GMCA Wigan Council NW Drainage infrastructure Drainage 0.884 1.109
Feb-20 2B Cheshire West and Chester NW Winnington Swing Bridge maintenance Structure 0.78 0.93
Feb-20 2B Blackpool Council NW Strategic Network maintenance Maintenance 4.4 4.81
Feb-20 2B GMCA Manchester City Council NW Key strategic network repairs Maintenance 5 5
Feb-20 2B Warrington Borough Council NW Key Route Network maintenance Maintenance /Structure 2.976 3.72
Feb-20 2B Slough Borough Council SE Langley Footbridge replacement Structure 0.345 0.493
Feb-20 2B West Berkshire UA SE A4 East West resilience Maintenance 4.5 6.125
Feb-20 2B Medway Council SE A289 Tunnel ventilation renewal Maintenance 4.972 7.883
Feb-20 2B Buckinghamshire County Council SE Cycle of Decline Maintenance 1.2 1.5
Feb-20 2B WOECA Bristol SW Bristol maintenance Maintenance 2.784 3.458
Feb-20 2B WOECA Bath NE Somerset SW Cleveland Bridge repairs Structure 3.56 3.92
Feb-20 2B Swindon Unitary Authority SW Key Routes East refurbishment Maintenance /Structure 4.848 5.817
Feb-20 2B Dorset Council SW Weymouth dock roads rail removal and resurfacing Maintenance 1.137 1.537
Feb-20 2B Warwickshire County Council WM Historic bridge maintenance Structure 4.978 6.3
Feb-20 2B Staffordshire County Council WM Chetwynd Bridge upgrade Structure 2.35 2.5
Feb-20 2B Telford Unitary Authority WM A442 Infrastructure Investment Maintenance 4.935 7.218
Feb-20 2B Stoke on Trent WM ‘Keep Stoke Moving’ key corridor maintenance Maintenance 5 5.4
Feb-20 2B WMCA Dudley WM Primrose Bridge repairs Structure 1.887 2.219
Feb-20 2B WYCA Kirklees YH A62 Leeds Road resurfacing Drainage 2.03 2.84
Feb-20 2B WYCA Calderdale YH A629 Calderdale Way refurbishment Maintenance 3.932 4.915
Feb-20 2B North East Lincolnshire Unitary Authority YH A180 Corporation Road bridge maintenance Structure 2.967 4.967
Feb-20 2B East Riding Yorkshire YH Drainage renewal Drainage 1.785 1.935
Feb-20 2B SYCA Sheffield City Region YH A6178 maintenance Maintenance 0.8 0.92
Channel website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport

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