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Midlands' road improvements set for Christmas completion

Words: Laura Edgar
Congestion in Leicestershire

The Midlands - both east and west - are due to benefit from more than £90 million of road improvements before the New Year.

Motorways and major roads in the East and West Midlands are either going to receive work or are already being improved. Completion dates of the schemes vary. The projects are all focused on improving safety and increasing the capacity of roads to alleviate congestion, and ensuring smoother journeys across the region.

Additionally, motorways and major A-roads are being resurfaced while signs and road markings are also being improved.

Midlands director for the Highways Agency Tim Harbot said: “This is really good news for road users across the East and West Midlands because it will ultimately mean less congestion, more reliable journey times and improved safety. Record amounts of money are being invested in roads – that inevitably means more roadworks, but for every scheme we deliver there will be an improvement for drivers.”

Work in the East Midlands includes widening of the A453 in Nottinghamshire, improvements to junction 19 of the M1 at Catthorpe, and Elkesley junction improvements on the A14. A further two schemes – work at junction 24 of the M1 including a new link road and a pinch-point scheme at the A38 Markeaton roundabout in Derbyshire - are aimed at supporting local development and relieving congestion.

In the West Midlands, the M54 between junctions 3 and 5 is undergoing heavy work including reconstruction of the carriageway and a new central reservation; the M6 between junctions 5 and 7 is due to receive work to leaking gutters to protect the road surface and a junction improvement scheme is also set to start on the A45/A46 Tollbar.

Additionally, an £11.3 million pinch-point scheme at junction 4 of the M5 will progress to its final stage in December, and a second scheme on the A5 Mile End junction in Shropshire is taking place to tackle congestion.