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£170m road boost for local economies
The Highways Agency is to deliver 57 vital road improvements to boost the economy, reduce congestion and improve safety, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced yesterday.
The £170 million investment is part of a £217 million programme to remove bottlenecks and keep traffic moving on England’s motorways and major A roads. The economic benefit of these 57 schemes is estimated at around £3 billion.
Many of the improvements will be delivered in 2013 and 2014, and they will all be completed by March 2015. Yesterday's announcement brings the total number of schemes to receive investment from the Government's pinch point fund to 65. A third stage of projects will be announced next year.
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