Funding Announced for 4 Major Road Projects
The government has announced four major road schemes in Newcastle, Cornwall, Greater Manchester and Southampton, which it claims will generate an estimated '659.3 million in economic benefits for the regions.
The road schemes, which will total '160.8 million of investment, include:
'78.5 million for a new 3.85 mile (6.2 kilometre) road linking St Austell to the A30 ' the main transport artery in Cornwall. A new shared pedestrian and cycle facility will run alongside the whole length of the new road.
'35.3 million for essential maintenance to the Tyne Bridge and adjacent Central Motorway, including improvements to traffic management and cycle route facilities
'33.6 million to enhance walking and cycling accessibility and tackle congestion across the A34 between Greater Manchester and Stockport
'13.4 million for essential maintenance to the A35 Redbridge Causeway ' a vital link between New Forest, Southampton and its port.
The biggest of the schemes, the St Austell to the A30 link road, was originally due to start in 2019. However, various planning hold-ups and issues with land acquisitions means that work is yet to start. The road is now earmarked for completion in autumn 2024, with some parts in 2025.
Roads Minister Baroness Vere said:
"We are committed to delivering world-class infrastructure across all parts of the country which supports local economies to thrive.
"This '160.8 million investment will level up those opportunities from the North East to the South West, while giving motorists, cyclists and pedestrians the modern, safe and uncongested roads they deserve.
"These schemes also present yet another important stepping stone towards cutting emissions and building a clean, efficient road network that is truly accessible to all."
Martin McTague, National Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said:
"Investment in local infrastructure projects is vital to improving connectivity across the country, reducing congestion and upgrading the roads that small businesses use on a day to day basis.
"Small firms and sole traders rely heavily on road networks to be?accessible, efficient and safe.?They?are also looking?to reduce environmental impact and improve the air quality in their local community ' and so embrace green travel options when they are available."