Transport secretary Chris Grayling has named five road schemes to benefit from the new Major Road Network fund.
Grayling has revealed that the first five schemes to benefit from the new £100M Major Road Network fund include a new section of the York Outer Ring Road, the Gallows Corner modernisation in East London and finding a solution to the farmyard bottleneck on the Grizebeck Bypass near Barrow in Furness.
The A614 near Ollerton in Nottinghamshire and new slip roads in Thurrock have also got the go ahead.
It follows New Civil Engineer ’s revealation last week that regional transport authorities had been confidentially told by government to start preparing mothballed road projects for delivery.
Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference, Grayling said: “Under Labour these major local roads were underfunded and not properly maintained. We are spending record amounts on improving our roads and we want more of our busiest roads to benefit from guaranteed investment.
“These first five schemes will unlock no end of benefits for communities by improving motorists’ journeys, taking traffic away from built up areas, as well as enabling new housing to be built and creating more jobs.”
The Major Road Network will consist of the “middle tier” of the busiest and most economically important local trunk roads in England.
More than 8,800km of road across England could benefit from the new fund, which is designed to improve connections between towns and cities and support regional economic growth.
Construction of the first improvements on the new Major Road Network are expected to start in 2020-21.
Grayling also committed to tackling the UK’s “pothole crisis”, saying that he will be announcing a separate fund to tackle this in the coming months.
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