Government announces £350m for road improvements

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A £345.3m funding package to improve local roads and public transport across the country has been announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

In total, 76 projects from across the country have been awarded funding totalling £244m to ‘bring key benefits to local road users.’ Some of the changes mentioned include improving access to public transport sites, opening up more roads for cyclists, addressing key local traffic ‘pinch points’ and supporting the development of new housing.

An additional £101.3m will pay for two new major roads in Middlewich, Cheshire, and Worcester in the Midlands.

Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, said: “This Government is taking the big decisions for Britain’s future and investing a record £23bn in our roads to increase capacity and improve journeys.

“These schemes will provide much needed upgrades to essential local roads up and down the country, cutting congestion, improving safety and shortening journey times for drivers.

“They will also help boost regional economic growth by unlocking jobs and supporting vital new housing development.”

Some of the projects included in the funding are the delivery of contactless payment options across Nottingham’s bus and tram network, a new link for buses in Plymouth providing direct access to Derriford hospital and improvements on the A66 in Darlington to improve connections to 2,600 houses and 4,300 jobs.

A major road improvement scheme in Worcester with £54.5m Government funding will complete a series of upgrades to the Worcester Southern Relief Road, including a new carriageway alongside the existing Carrington Bridge.