The government says next month’s Autumn Statement will include plans to spend £15 billion on major road projects between now and 2020 – creating hundreds of extra miles of motorways and trunk roads to speed up journey times and reduce accidents.
‘World-class infrastructure’Speaking at the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference in London this week, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “To secure Britain’s future, we need world-class infrastructure. Families need it to get around; businesses need it to create jobs; we need it to compete with the world and deliver economic security. “You will see an Autumn Statement where we choose the future again. At its heart is the biggest, boldest and most far reaching road improvement programme in four decades: over 100 improvements to our major roads.” The £15 billion targets some of the UK’s busiest and most problematic roads, including:
- A303 to the south west
- A1 north of Newcastle
- A1 Newcastle-Gateshead western bypass
- Trans-Pennine roads in the north of England
- A47 in the east of England
- A27 on the south coast of England.