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Highways Agency to spend £98M on congestion projects

The Highways Agency is to spend £98M of its infrastructure budget on congestion projects, the agency announced this week.

The money will be spread among 58 schemes aimed at removing bottlenecks and keeping traffic moving. They are due to be delivered by March 2015 and are hoped to provide £1.4bn of economic benefit.

“This third round of innovative schemes has the potential to help create more than 94,000 new jobs and 61,000 new homes, while making life easier for the thousands of motorists and businesses who use these roads every day,” said transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

Some 26 of the projects have been developed with local enterprise partnerships and aim to improve access to nearby development sites and locally designated areas. This includes improvements at Salford Circus at Birmingham’s spaghetti junction.

The other 32 will install new technology to support logistics and improve driver information, signage and incident clear up times. This includes new electronic signs, CCTV cameras and queue protection systems at junctions 30 and 32 of the M25.

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