Consultations on £1.1bn of road projects in the East of England are to start, transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced.
There are eight schemes being consulted on by Highways England, including widening of the A12 between Chelmsford and the A120 junction in Essex and six major improvement schemes, including junction and dualling, along the A47 route in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. The work will be carried out by Highways England and is due to start by 2020.
The projects were first announced in the government’s Road Investment Strategy in December 2014 and are worth up to £1.1 billion in total.
“These vital schemes in the East of England will not only help relieve congestion, they will also link people with jobs and businesses with customers, helping boost the region’s economy and improving lives,” said Grayling.
Allocations for £1.2bn of roads funding to local authorities was also announced by the Department for Transport (DfT) today.
“These improvements are made possible by the Government’s £15 billion investment in our strategic roads. They are much needed by the half a million drivers who use them every day. Each scheme has been developed by working with local partners and through this consultation we are welcoming views on them. I encourage anyone with an interest in these roads – whether they drive on them, live near them or depend on them for trade – to get involved,” said Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan.
The consultation on the A12 Chelmsford to A120 widening starts this month, all the other consultations are expected to start in March.
The schemes to be consulted on are:
A12 Chelmsford to A120 widening | Widening of the A12 between Chelmsford and the A12/A120 junction in Essex
A428 Caxton Gibbet to Black Cat improvements | Improvements on the A428 between Caxton Gibbet roundabout in Cambridgeshire and the Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire
A47 Wansford to Sutton dualling | Dualling of the A47 between the A1 and the dual carriageway section west of Peterborough
A47 Guyhirn junction improvements| Creation of a new, larger junction linking the A47 and A141
A47 North Tuddenham to Easton dualling | Dualling of the single carriageway section of the A47 between Norwich and Dereham, linking together two existing sections of dual carriageway
A47/A11 Thickthorn junction improvements | Improvement of the interchange between A47 and A11, improving access into Norwich
A47 Blofield to North Burlingham dualling | Dualling of the A47 to fill a gap in the dual carriageway section between Norwich and the Acle Straight
A47/A12 junction improvements | Improvements to junctions throughout Great Yarmouth, including reconstruction of the Vauxhall roundabout