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Budget transport funding allocated

Words: Laura Edgar
M11 in Essex

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has identified the traffic hotspots that will receive a share of the £220 million funding announced in the Budget.

The schemes aim to cut congestion and journey times for motorists, as well as improve safety, said the government.

A project to dual a stretch of the A69 between Hexham and Newcastle will receive £30 million. Another £14 million will go towards creating a new junction on the M11 to provide another route into Harlow, which should cut journey times and unlock housing development.

The remaining £110 million will be invested on improving roads. The government said it would announce more details at a later date.

Grayling said: “We are making the most extensive improvements to roads in the last 40 years, investing a record £23 billion to keep our country moving and make journeys faster, better and more reliable for everyone.

“We are also spending a further £1.3 billion over the course of this Parliament to relieve congestion and provide important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future.”

He said these schemes would provide “quick relief” to drivers.

In last week’s (8 March) Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond also announced that £90 million would go to the North and £23 million for the Midlands from the £220 million fund to address pinch points on the road network, as well as funding for other regions.

Projects include:

  • £6.4 million to improve the A595/A66 junctions at Great Clifton, the Fitz Roundabout, the A585 at Norcross and junction 3 of the M55;

  • £15 million for A69/A68 junction near Corbridge;

  • £2.65 million and £2.25 million to widen junction 27 and junction 28, respectively, of the M62;

  • £3.3 million to widen the A5, Old Stratford;

  • £4.2 million to improve junction 3 on M42;

  • £2.5 million to improve junction 7 of the M27; and

  • Nearly £20 million to improve the M5 in the South-West.

A map of all the schemes can be found here (pdf).

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