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Government publishes £6.1bn programme of upgrades to major roads and motorways

motorway, cars and vans on major road.

Transport minister Jesse Norman has unveiled a £6.1 billion programme of road improvements as part of the government’s £23bn upgrade to the road network in England.

This includes the route for the new A19 Downhill Lane junction which has been published today (June 30). The new junction will support the new international manufacturing park by significantly increasing road capacity.

Over the coming six months, the Government will take the next steps on 55 road improvements across the country, including opening eight schemes, consulting on 10 and publishing final plans for another 29.

Norman said: “Road users across England should soon be seeing the benefits of these improvements in their daily lives, which are designed to link people better with their jobs, friends, family and local amenities, as well as connecting businesses with customers.

“Over the next six months we expect to roll out our vital upgrade plan — taking next steps on £6.1 billion-worth of schemes and seeking to hear from local people, organisations and businesses to help shape our plans and ensure they benefit local communities.

“And shortly I also plan to announce the winners of the 2017 to 2018 highways maintenance challenge fund, where the Government will be investing £75 million to improve smaller local roads including through resurfacing, filling potholes and other infrastructure projects.”

Upgrades include adding capacity to sections of the A1 in Northumberland. Road users will also see proposals to increase capacity at the A12 Colchester bypass and a new strategic corridor to the south-west via the A303.

Other improvements include a more efficient Junction 19 on the M6 and an upgrade to the link between the Port of Liverpool and the motorway network.

The announcements are important next steps to progress the schemes announced in the 2014 road investment strategy, which outlined how £15.2bn would be invested in the strategic road network between 2015 and 2021.

The schemes will be delivered by Highways England, which is responsible for the country’s motorways and main trunk roads.

Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England chief executive, said: “Highways England is committed to delivering the Government’s investment programme to improve the strategic road network. These milestones are critical elements of our current work and we are extremely pleased that we are on track to deliver them.”

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “The first five-year road investment strategy reassured millions of drivers and businesses that their long-term travel needs were at last being taken seriously and provided for. But the fear has always been that road programmes, like the morning mists, have a tendency to fade away before our eyes.

“This latest unveiling is therefore a particularly welcome demonstration that the promised money is not only available but is being spent on schemes that really matter, and that our calls to remember the local roads — where our journeys begin and end — are being heard.”

Schemes include

East

Scheme

Next step

A12 Colchester bypass widen

Consultation

A5 to M1 link

Scheme opening ceremony

South East

Scheme

Next step

M27 Southampton Junctions (London and south east)

Consultation

M271 Redbridge roundabout

Preferred route announcement

London East

Scheme

Next step

A12 M25 to Chelmsford

Consultation

North East

Scheme

Next step

A19 Downhill Lane

Preferred route announcement

A1 Scotswood to North Brunton

Preferred route announcement

A1 Northumberland (Yorkshire and the north east)

Preferred route announcement

Midlands

Scheme

Next step

A52 Nottingham junctions

Consultation

M42 J6

Preferred route announcement

Yorkshire

Scheme

Next step

M621 J1-7 improvements

Consultation

A1 Leeming to Barton

Scheme opening

North West

Scheme

Next step

M6 Junction 19 improvements

Preferred route announcement

M56 J11a

Preferred route announcement

A585 Windy Harbour

Preferred route announcement

South West

Scheme

Next step

A358 Taunton-Southfields

Preferred route announcement

A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross

Preferred route announcement

A303 Sparkford to Ilchester

Preferred route announcement

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