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Grayling breaks down government’s investment in roads

Words: Laura Edgar
Chris Grayling

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced details of the £1.3 billion road improvement announced last week in the Autumn Statement.

During a visit to Cambridgeshire yesterday (28 November) to see the start of the £1.5 billion A14 upgrade to cut congestion between Huntingdon and Cambridge, Grayling said £925 million will go towards tackling and providing upgrades on local roads.

This is on top of the £6 billion councils are currently receiving until 2021.

Additionally, £175 million will be invested to improve the 50 “most dangerous” roads in the country, including the A529 in Shropshire. Some £220 million will be given to Highways England to combat congestion and £27 million will go to the Oxford expressway.

On top of this, Grayling has awarded £50 million to build the Lincoln Eastern Bypass.

Grayling said: “This is a government that steps up, not back, which is why we are investing record amounts into improving our roads across the country. This investment is over and above the £23 billion we are spending to get motorists to their destinations quickly, more easily and safely.

“The schemes announced today are focused on relieving congestion and providing important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future – removing the barriers to help make an economy that works for everyone.”

DfT publishes five studies into key England road networks


The Department for Transport has published five strategic studies into the issues facing England’s road networks, including the Trans-Pennine tunnel.

All of the studies are part of the government’s road investment strategy, which was initially announced in 2014.

The Trans-Pennine tunnel study outlines five options to improve connectivity between the Manchester and Sheffield areas.

The new strategic link could be between 24 and 26 miles, the study states and it could comprise of a tunnel section between 12 and 20 miles, a number of above ground structures including bridges as well as improvements to existing highway infrastructure.

The study can be found here (pdf).

The Northern Trans-Pennine study considers the case for making improvements to the A66 and A69.

Based on work so far, the government said consultants have identified a number of transport interventions that would meet the study objectives, including completion of the dualling of the A66 and A69.

The study can be found here (pdf).

Consultants have detailed the potential improvements for the Manchester north-west quadrant, including: providing a new west to east route north of the M62 and M60 to link the Port of Liverpool with the M62 east of the M60 and an outer Orbital Corridor - providing a new orbital route outside of the M60 from the M56 and M62 in the south and west to the M62 in east.

The Manchester north-west quadrant strategic study can be found here (pdf).

The A1 East of England study looks at the case for improving the A1 between the M25 and Peterborough. Based on work so far, three options have been identified, including a new motorway in the central section and upgrades to the east-west connectivity of te A1 to avoid ‘hop on, hop off’ behaviour.

The A1 study can be found here (pdf).

The fifth study published considers the Oxford to Cambridge expressway. From work undertaken so far, three options have been identified, including a route roughly following the existing A421 to the south of Bicester and via Buckingham to the east of Milton Keynes. It can be found here (pdf).

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