The government has revealed details of the first wave of congestion-busting highways projects to receive millions of pounds promised in the Budget.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling set out the projects to receive more than £100m of cash from the pot of nearly £220m announced by chancellor Philip Hammond on Wednesday.
The biggest individual schemes to be earmarked for funding include two £15m projects on the A69 between Hexham and Newcastle, and the £14m creation of a new junction on the M11 at Harlow in Essex.
Mr Grayling also identified the regional breakdown of where the total funding would be spent (see below).
The North will be the biggest winner, receiving £90m for 16 projects. There will also be £53m invested in five schemes in the South-east; £23m spent on five projects in the Midlands; £32m across five jobs in the the South-west; and £16m for the East.
Around half of the £216.4m total pot is still to be earmarked, with the government set to reveal the details of these ‘future schemes’ on a later date.
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Mr Grayling said: “We are making the most extensive improvements to roads in the last 40 years, investing a record £23bn to keep our country moving and make journeys faster, better and more reliable for everyone.
“We are also spending a further £1.3bn over the course of this parliament to relieve congestion and provide important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future.
“These schemes announced today will provide quick relief to millions of drivers and save them from getting stuck in traffic.”
Highways England operations director Nick Harris said: “This continued investment in our motorways and major roads is bringing real benefits to communities up and down the country, and we will continue working with our partners to improve journeys for everyone who uses our roads.”
Where the £216.4m roads congestion Budget cash will be spent:
|North-west||Estimated cost £m|
|A595 / A66 Fitz Roundabout (Low Rd)||1|
|A595 / A66 Great Clifton widening||1.6|
|A585 Norcross capacity improvement||3|
|M55 junction 3 signals||0.8|
|Future small schemes||21|
|Yorkshire and North-east|
|A69/A68 junction improvements near Corbridge||15|
|A69/A6079 junction improvements near Hexham||15|
|A63 Garrison Road signals and road improvement||6.35|
|M18 junction 3 improvements||0.25|
|M62 junction 27 widening||2.65|
|M62 junction 28 widening||2.25|
|A66/B6280 Morton Palms widening||0.5|
|A19/ A179 Sheraton signals||0.8|
|M1 junction 36 slip road improvement||2|
|Future small schemes||18.2|
|Yorkshire and North-east total||63|
|A5 Old Stratford widening||3.3|
|M1 junction 27 capacity improvements||0.9|
|A5/A5195 Ogley Hay traffic signals||1.5|
|M42 junction 3 improvement||4.2|
|Future small schemes||14|
|M27 junction 7 improvements||2.5|
|A3 off-slip at university interchange (Guildford)||1.6|
|A3 Stoke interchange off slip improvements (Guildford)||2.5|
|A20 Port of Dover technology improvements||5|
|Future small schemes||41.6|
|M5 junction 19 improvements||2.8|
|M5 j17-18 driver info and queue protection||4.3|
|M5 j24-25 driver info and queue protection||7.1|
|M5 j23-24 driver info and queue protection||5.5|
|Future small schemes||12.4|
|M11 junction 7a, Harlow, Essex||14|
|A11 Fiveways Roundabout, Barton Mills signalisation||0.4|
|Future small schemes||2.4|