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£20m investment in roads announced for South West and North East

Date: 24 October 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced £20 million worth of improvement works to roads in the South West and the North East.

According to the Government, the upgrades will create thousands of jobs and homes thanks to economic growth while improving journeys.

Highways England is investing £11 million into the projects with £9m coming from the private sector.

The schemes announced are:

  • £5 million for improvements to the intersection of the M4 junction 15 and the A419 near Swindon.
  • £4.5 million to deliver the A30/M5 J29 Tithebarn Link, supported by an additional £4.6m in contributions from a housing developer.
  • £750,000 funding to improve the northbound M5 at junction 21, near Weston-super-Mare, with developers also investing £450,000.
  • £1.01m million to improve junction 58 of the A1(M) at Darlington, and is supported by £1.46m in million contributions from a developer.

A spokesman for Highways England told BusinessCar the remaining £3.3m will come from developers, which the Government body is in discussions with.

"We're undertaking the biggest modernisation programme for a generation to bring our roads into the 21st century and give people the safe and reliable journeys they expect," said Grayling. "But these improvements will do even more - allowing the construction of thousands of homes and the creation of thousands of jobs to give a huge boost to the economy."