David Cameron has awarded funding for a raft of infrastructure projects through the Local Growth Fund.
The prime minister allocated £2bn for schemes beginning in 2015 and 2016, as well as further cash for some later projects.
Manchester’s Metrolink will be revamped after receiving £18M – with plans for 12 new trams and upgraded stations.
A road tunnel will be built between Swindon and Wichelstowe with £23M of government funding.
Cameron said: “Growth Deals are a crucial part of our long-term plan to secure Britain’s future.
“For too long our economy has been too London-focused and too centralised. Growth Deals will help change all that. They are about firing up our great cities, towns and counties so they can become powerhouses.”