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Highways England sets out how £2bn will be spent on East of England roads

Highways England has met with suppliers in the East of England to explain how more than £2bn will be spent on improving roads in the region.

It follows a meeting with suppliers in the Midlands on Tuesday, where they found out details of the £1.8bn Midlands’ roads plan. Highways England also held a meeting with East of England suppliers on Tuesday.

The road works are part of the government’s Road Investment Strategy, which was announced last year. It set out how £15.7bn will be spent on roads.

Roads Minister Andrew Jones said: “As part of our long term economic plan, we are making the biggest investment in roads in a generation. The £2bn investment in the East of England between 2015 and 2021 will significantly improve journeys and help create jobs.

“Through schemes like these we are creating opportunities for hardworking people across the nation and driving economic growth.”

Highways England director of major projects in the South and East Ken Simmonds added: “These improvements will bring significant long term benefits to road users on motorways and major A roads in the East of England, as well as to local residents and the economy as a whole. They will create vital links at local, regional and national level to unlock growth, increase capacity and tackle congestion.

“We’ll look to deliver these schemes with local communities in mind, using designated funds where relevant to address environmental issues and air quality.

“The construction work will, of course, bring some disruption in the short term but we will ensure that we keep this to a minimum to keep traffic flowing.

“When the schemes are completed, road users will experience safer, more reliable and less congested journeys.”

Some of the schemes such as the A5-M1 Link Dunstable Northern Bypass in Bedfordshire are already under way.

East of England schemes due to start by 2019/20 include:

  • A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon major improvements, including a new bypass to the south of Huntingdon.
  • Upgrading six sections of the A47/A12 corridor in Norfolk across a 185km section of the A47 between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth.
  • Increasing capacity on the A1(M) to relieve congestion in Hertfordshire.
  • Upgrading technology at junctions on the M11 across Essex and Cambridgeshire, from Stansted Airport to Cambridge.
  • Installing technology along the A12 in Essex and Suffolk from the M25 to Ipswich and widening the stretch between Chelmsford and the A120 to 3 lanes.
  • Constructing a new 13 mile stretch of dual carriageway on the A428 between western Cambridgeshire and the north east of Bedfordshire.
  • Building 17 new cycle paths across the region including along parts of the A12, A47, A120 and A5.

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