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Government reveals £6.1bn roads plan

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The government has published a £6.1bn programme of upgrades to the UK’s major roads and motorways.

Over the next six months from a total of 55 projects, eight will be opened, 10 consulted on and final plans for a further 29 will be published.

These will include the route for the new A19 Downhill Lane junction in Tyne and Wear, consultation on widening the A12 Colchester bypass and consultation on the M621 Junction 1-7 improvements in Yorkshire.

Transport minister Jesse Norman said: “Over the next 6 months we expect to roll out our vital upgrade plan — taking next steps on £6.1bn-worth of schemes and seeking to hear from local people, organisations and businesses to help shape our plans and ensure they benefit local communities.

“And shortly I also plan to announce the winners of the 2017 to 2018 highways maintenance challenge fund, where the government will be investing £75M to improve smaller local roads including through resurfacing, filling potholes and other infrastructure projects.”

Other upgrades in the programme include adding capacity to sections of the A1 in Northumberland and proposals to increase capacity at the A12 Colchester Bypass to reduce delays. A new strategic corridor to the south-west via the A303 is also included.

Other improvements include a more efficient Junction 19 on the M6 and an upgrade to the link between the Port of Liverpool and the motorway network.

The announcements will progress the schemes announced in the £15.2bn 2014 road investment strategy (RIS1).

The schemes will be delivered by Highways England.

Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said: “Highways England is committed to delivering the government’s investment programme to improve the strategic road network. These milestones are critical elements of our current work and we are extremely pleased that we are on track to deliver them.”

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