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£1.2 billion allocated for England's roads

Words: Laura Edgar

Transport minister Andrew Jones has announced the allocation of £1.2 billion of roads funding in England.

The Department for Transport (DfT) says that councils will receive the money to help them improve roads, cut congestion and improve journey times.

The funding includes money from the new National Productivity Investment Fund (£185 million for 2017/18), which was announced in the Autumn Statement, and the Pothole Action Fund.

In addition, it includes £75 million that councils can bid for to repair and maintain local infrastructure, including rural roads.

The government has said the funding will be spent on the latest step in its economic plan, including putting in place improved transport links.

Jones said: “Roads play a significant part in everyday life, linking people with jobs and businesses with customers, which is why this government is investing record amounts improving and maintaining highways across the country to help motorists.

“The funding we have allocated is focused on relieving congestion and providing important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future – helping to build an economy that works for everyone.”

A new junction will be installed on the M11, junction 7A, near Harlow in Essex. It is expected to cut journey times to Stansted and Cambridge and ensure the delivery of 15,000 homes. The project will be part-funded by Essex County Council.

The funding allocations can be found here (pdf).

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