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New road schemes worth £75M unveiled


Road improvements worth £75M have been announced by Highways England.

The schemes are around Derby and Daventry in the Midlands, Oldham in the North West, Durham in the North East and Taunton in the South West and will support the development of thousands of homes and jobs.

The funding is in part coming from a £12.45M contribution from the Highways England £100M Growth and Housing Fund, with a mix of private developer funding and public funds making up the rest.

“As the improvements we’re announcing show, England’s strategic road network is vital for economic success by connecting businesses and people and supporting the government’s agenda of employment and growth,” said Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan.

“The improvements are essential to accommodate the extra journeys the developments will create, and we will continue to use our Growth and Housing Fund to unlock further development sites around the country.”

The five schemes announced today are:

•£2.6M for the A52 Wyvern Transport improvements scheme to be delivered by Derby City Council.

•£500,000 for improvements to the A663 Foxdenton and J21 of the M60 in Oldham, Greater Manchester, delivered by Oldham Council.

•£4M for improvements to the M5, junction 25 Taunton, to be delivered by Somerset County Council.

•£1.85M for improvements to the A1 (M) junction 61, Durham, delivered by Highways England in partnership with Durham County Council.

•£3.5M for improvements to the A5(T) at the junction with the A45 to the west of Northampton, Northants County Council in partnership with Daventry District Council.


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