Highways England has outlined the projects to be started and completed over the coming year.
Projects to start in 2017/18 include an M62 junctions 10 to 12 smart motorway. On the M6 there will be an upgrade to smart motorway around Coventry, and from Stafford to Stoke on junctions between 2 to 4. It has also applied for planning consent for work to improve junction 10a on the M20 and if consent is given, work could start this year.
There are two other smart motorway schemes which will begin construction this year: the M20 junctions 3 to 5 and also around Gatwick Airport on the M23 junctions 8 to 10. These are all outlined in the delivery plan update published yesterday.
Other works planned to start include the £220M Congestion Relief Programme, which will see works to roundabouts, junctions and slip roads to improve traffic flow.
Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said: “We care about our road users’ journeys and are working hard to improve them, making good progress delivering the government’s £15bn Road Investment Strategy.
“Also, we recognise the impact doing all this work has on road users while it is happening and so we have taken steps like shortening roadworks and providing better journey information to improve their experience.
“And we will reinforce our focus on safety, customer service and delivery as we press ahead shaping the next Road Investment Strategy 2020-2025.”
It has outlined schemes which are planned for delivery in the second road investment strategy. These are:
- A417 ‘Missing Link’ at Air Balloon in Gloucestershire
- M1/M62 Lofthouse interchange in West Yorkshire
- A12 M25 to Chelmsford in Essex
- A64 Hopgrove junctions in North Yorkshire
- A12 Colchester bypass widening in Essex
- Lower Thames Crossing