18 new roads move a step closer to completion

1 Oct 2019 12:29 PM

A first wave of funding announced which will enable 18 new road schemes to move on to the next stage of development.

Road users could soon benefit from faster commutes and improved journeys thanks to 18 new road schemes given the go ahead by the Department for Transport.

The government yesterday (30 September 2019) announced the first round of successful schemes, which will now push on to the next stage of development.

The 4 schemes which have been approved for construction include the Preston western distributor scheme, which will provide a new dual carriageway to reduce congestion in the city, and the 3.5km Stubbington bypass.

Seven other schemes will be awarded funding to develop their business cases. These include the A140 Long Stratton Bypass, which will divert traffic away from busier routes around Norwich, helping reduce traffic through local routes and the A511 growth corridor which will see a series of improvements to improve access to jobs and services in Leicestershire.

A further 7 schemes have been given approval to proceed and to apply for funding at a later stage.

These roads will support wider economies through the creation of jobs as well as new opportunities for greener forms of travel through dedicated routes for cyclists and pedestrians – making towns a nicer place to live.

This is just the first of a wave of funding to be announced for the major road network and large local majors programme, with further rounds to be announced in the next few months.

This is in addition to the funding already committed to improve the road network such as the Transforming Cities Fund, along with the £296 million Pothole Action Fund, to fix just under 6 million potholes.

On top the £100 million announced yesterday, there will also be £25.3 billion invested in the strategic road network between 2020 and 2025. The second Road Investment Strategy, which is due to be announced later this year, will set out what this funding will deliver. Users of the A66 across the Pennines, A46 at Newark, M60 Simister Island interchange and A12 in Essex will be among those to benefit from this funding.

Schemes given funding to proceed to construction:

Schemes at strategic outline business case stage which have been awarded development funding:

Schemes given approval to proceed to the next stage:

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