With less than a month to go before the Highways Agency is replaced by Higways England on April 1, the government has revealed details of where the earmarked £15.2bn road investment will be spent.
The plans include creating a £2bn “new strategic corridor” to the South West, which includes a 1.8 mile tunnel under Stonehenge. £4.5bn will be spent to add an extra lane to motorways connecting London, Birmingham, Manchester and Yorkshire. And £2.3bn will be invested improving the A1 from Berwick to London, turning it into motorway through Yorkshire and extending the dual carriageway section 24 miles further north.
The government claims that the road reforms will also save the taxpayer £2.6 billion over the next ten years. Commenting on the creation of Highways England, transport minister John Hayes said: “These reforms will mean the biggest, boldest and most far-reaching roads upgrade for decades. Ensuring we have well maintained roads and motorways is essential to a modern transport system that will boost our economy, create jobs and give more choice about where we live and work whilst delivering billions in savings.”