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Roads jobs get boost from speeded up spending

Access to ports and airports is to be made easier under the Government’s plans to speed up public spending in a bid to boost the economy.

Secretary of state for transport Geoff Hoon announced £1 billion worth of work to be brought forward from 2010/11.

Included is £165 million to create a new road link between Manchester Airport and the A6 to the east, £30 million to improve road access to Immingham Port and up to £60 million for traffic management measures on 54 miles on the A12 leading to Felixstowe and Harwich ports.

Network Rail will also receive an extra £54 million to fourtrack the North London Line between Dalston Junction and Camden Road.

A further £700 million worth of roads projects have also been fast-tracked. Work to dual the A46 between the A1 and M1 could start next year, opening to traffic in late 2011, rather than in 2016 as previously planned. But statutory processes must still be followed, as well as confirmation of funding from the region.

In the New Year the Highways Agency will announce which 500 miles of motorway will receive hard-shoulder running.