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Government pledges cash for road schemes

Words: Laura Edgar
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The A1231 in Sunderland will be dualled and a new road will be built in Shrewsbury to help commuters avoid congestion, the government has said.

Roads minister Jess Norman has declared that £40.5 million of funding will enable a stretch of the A1231 between the new Northern Spire Bridge and the city centre to be upgraded to a dual carriageway. This will save drivers 2.5 minutes a journey.

The project, which totals £70.2 million, is the third phase of road improvements along the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor. It will help with the regeneration of sites on both sides of the River Wear and deliver 1,000 new homes.

Norman said: “Sunderland is a great city with a great future. We hope the schemes we are funding will help to unleash its potential – creating jobs and enabling new homes – and turbocharge the Northern Powerhouse."

In Shrewsbury, £54 million will go towards building the North West Relief Road, between Battlefield Link Road and Oxon Link Road. The single carriageway will take traffic out of the town centre, reducing congestion and improving the town centre.

The scheme also includes two new bridges, and accessible crossings allowing cyclists, pedestrians and vulnerable users to travel safely.

Chris Grayling, transport secretary, said: “The North West Relief Road is just what Shrewsbury needs to reduce congestion in and around the town.

“We are investing £54 million in this exciting new scheme, helping drivers get from A to B more quickly, while improving air quality for residents.”

Steve Davenport, cabinet member for highways and transport at Shropshire Council, said: "This announcement is brilliant news and means that our thorough and detailed business case for a Shrewsbury North West Relief Road has been recognised and supported by the government.

“The North West Relief Road will benefit not just Shrewsbury but the whole of Shropshire and, though there is some way to go before the road is built and in use, securing this funding from the government is a huge step towards making this much-needed road a reality.”

More response from organisation in Shropshire can be found on the Shropshire Council website.

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