Details have been revealed for the £220M traffic pinch-points fund announced in this week’s budget, which includes junction upgrades, roundabout improvements and better traffic signalling to tackle congestion.
Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a package of transport improvements in the budget to address Britain’s low productivity levels. Half of the fund, £110M, has now been allocated to specific projects to be completed by spring 2020 while a further £110M will be allocated at a later date.
Only three projects are set to receive more than £10M in funding each, with two upgrades to the A69, creating a creating a stretch of dual carriageway on the A69 between Hexham and Newcastle, each taking £15M and a new junction on the M11 getting £14M.
“This continued investment in our motorways and major roads is bringing real benefits to communities up and down the country, and we will continue working with our partners to improve journeys for everyone who uses our roads,” said Highways England operations director Nick Harris.
Funding has been broken down by region with the most funding going to the North, which has £90M to spend.
£90M for the North
Projects in the Northern Powerhouse region take up the lion’s share of funding. Yorkshire and the North East will benefit from £63M while the North West will receive £27.4M.
- A595/A66 Fitz Roundabout: £1M
- A595 / A66 Great Clifton widening: £1.6M
- A585 Norcross capacity improvement: £3M
- M55 Junction 3 signals: £0.8M
- Future small schemes: £21M
- North West total: £27.4M
Yorkshire and North East
- A69/A68 Junction improvements near Corbridge: £15M
- A69/A6079 Junction improvements near Hexham: £15M
- A63 Garrison road signals and road improvement: £6.35M
- M18 Junction 3 improvements: £0.25M
- M62 Junction 27 widening: £2.65M
- M62 Junction 28 widening: £2.25M
- A66/B6280 Morton Palms widening: £0.5M
- A19/ A179 Sheraton signals: £0.8M
- M1 Junction 36 slip road improvement: £2M
- Future small schemes: £18.2M
- Yorkshire and North East total: £63M
£23M for the Midlands
Despite announcing a Midlands Engine Strategy in the budget, the Midlands is only set to get £23M of the £220M funding for road improvements.
- A5 Old Stratford widening: £3.3M
- M1 Junction 27 capacity improvements: £0.9M
- A5/A5195 Ogley Hay traffic signals: £1.5M
- M42 Junction 3 improvement: £4.2M
- Future small schemes: £14M
- Midlands total: £23.9M
£53M for the South East
Although the commuter-heavy South East will receive roughly a quarter of the £220M pot, most of it has yet to be allocated.
- M27 Junction 7 improvements: £2.5M
- A3 Northbound off slip at University Interchange (Guildford): £1.6M
- A3 Stoke Interchange Southbound Off Slip Improvements (Guildford): £2.5M
- A20 Port of Dover technology improvements: £5M
- Future small schemes: £41.6M
- South East total: £53.2M
£16M for the East
- The M11 Junction 7a in Essex will take up nearly all of the region’s funding with £14M to be spent on the project.
- M11 Junction 7a, Harlow, Essex: £14M
- A11 Fiveways Roundabout, Barton Mills signalisation: £0.4M
- Future small schemes: £2.4M
- East total: £16.8M