Government to invest £220 million on improving roads in the UK
M25 and the North are two main areas which will hugely benefit from the investment
The UK government is to invest £220 million on improving roads across the country, it has been announced.
The investment forms part of the 2017 Budget and will focus on bottlenecks in the North and around the M25.
Following research into how the problem of congestion throughout Britain can be resolved, the Government have announced a plan to invest significant amounts into the south-west areas of the M25, with the intention to develop options before the next Road Investment Strategy.
Investment is also expected to be spent on improving the most heavily congested roads in Manchester, to help reduce delays and make it easier for commuters to travel from town to city.
It was announced at the Budget that money from the £220 million investment fund will be allocated by region to improve bottleneck areas in the North.
Further details regarding individual schemes will be announced in due course by the Department for Transport (DfT).
Headway is being made concerning the 18-mile Trans-Pennine Tunnel, which is set to stretch under the Peak District and should halve the journey time for commuters travelling between Manchester and Sheffield.
Plans regarding the tunnel were announced in the last Budget and since then, five possible routes have been laid out – three of which are being evaluated for a final decision to be made.
The proposal will generate one of the longest road tunnels in the whole of Europe, with costs set to be around £6 billion, plus the option will be available to improve the A66, A69 and the North-West section of the M60.
Nonetheless, each possible route would mean that motorists from Sheffield who are travelling north up the M1 would have to turn off anywhere between Junction 35 and 38, with drivers then having to head west before reaching the tunnel.
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