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Highways England announces £600M road programme for North East

Details of a £600M five-year investment plan for motorways and major A roads in the North East has been announced by Highways England.

The move is part of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse strategy to build and improve infrastructure across the North of England.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Roads are key to our nation’s prosperity. This roads investment is the biggest in a generation and is a vital part of our long term economic plan.

“Our £600M investment in roads in the North East over the next five years will dramatically improve our road network and unlock the North’s economic potential.”

Two major road improvements will be completed on the A1 and A19 in the next 5 years. These are the £61M A1 Coal House to Metro Centre scheme and a £100M scheme to improve the A19 Coast Road.

Four major new schemes are also due to start. At the A19 Testos a £70M scheme will include construction of a flyover. In addition £40M will also be spent improving the A19 at Down Hill Lane.

On the A1 and A19 £140M of technology improvements are currently being designed and on the A19 Norton to Wynyard options are currently being assessed for a road widening project costing up to £220M.

Highways England will also be moving forward with plans for the A1, including construction of the road north of Ellingham a dualling scheme, which is planned to start in 2018.

The money is part of Highways England’s £11bn budget to invest in motorways and major A roads.

Highways England director of major projects in the North Jeremy Bloom said: “Drivers in the North East will see significant investment in major A roads and motorways across the region over the next five years. We’re investing £600M on delivering major improvements to the North East, starting or completing six major road schemes and carrying out further development of further four major schemes.”

He added: “These schemes will bring significant benefits to the users of the Strategic Road Network in the North East. Construction will, of course, bring some necessary disruption in the short term and we will ensure that we keep this to a minimum to keep traffic flowing.”

The money is alongside a £130M per year budget that has already been earmarked for maintenance and smaller scale improvement schemes.  

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