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Autumn Statement: More Northern Powerhouse projects get go-ahead

The government has revealed additional funding for a number of projects across the North.

Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that the government would provide £556m to northern Local Enterprise Partnerships through a third round of Growth Deals.

The government also backed four major projects through its Local Majors Fund: the A1079/A164 Jocks Lodge Junction in East Riding; the Tees Valley east-west connection project; the Sheffield Supertram renewal; and the Warrington Waterfront Western Link (see box).

Backed: Four northern projects

  • A1079/A164 Jocks Lodge Junction: Improvements to the junction between the A1079 and the A164, south of Beverley in Yorkshire.
  • Sheffield Supertram renewal: Additional funding for Sheffield’s tram-train network.
  • Tees Valley east-west connections: This includes providing capacity improvements on the A19, the A66, A689 and the A174, among other road projects.
  • The Warrington Waterfront Western Link: Includes the construction of a high-level bridge across the Manchester Ship Canal and a new highway linking A56 Chester Road near Walton across to the A57 Sankey Way.

All four projects have been successful in bidding for business case development funding.

Alongside these, the M6 north-west quadrant in Manchester and the Pennines A66 improvement works will also be included as part of the government’s next Roads Investment Strategy. Two junctions of the A69 will be improved using pinch-point funding.

The government will also continue developing options for Northern Powerhouse Rail alongside Transport for the North, with next steps for the project due to be announced next year.

It also confirmed plans for its £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, which will invest in SMEs across the region and will make its first investments early next year.

Outside the transport sector, the chancellor backed the restoration of the Grade I-listed Wentworth Woodhouse country house near Rotherham with £7.6m of funding, subject to business case approval.

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