There is welcome news for motorists as the Chancellor has announced a new road fund to help tackle the UK’s busiest roads.
The new Chancellor, Sajid Javid, has today spoken about his plans to make substantial investments in UK road infrastructure with a new road fund. Building on the fund set aside for road investment by previous Chancellor, Philip Hammond, the new road fund should help promote free-flowing traffic on some of the UK’s busiest and most congested routes.
New Road Fund Plans
The Chancellor is keen to get the ball rolling, claiming work will begin on projects in 2020. The first works will include the completion of the dualling of the A66 Trans-Pennine Expressway and the A46 Newark Bypass. Following on from that will be improvements to the Manchester Simister Island Interchange.
Work has also been planned for a new A248 trunk road between Cambridge and Milton Keynes. While the often congested A12 in the East of England will be widened under the new road fund plan.
On top of these large scale works, the government is also pledging to set aside £5 billion to maintain and renew other strategic roads between 2020 and 2025.
Public Transport Improvements
As part of improving transport infrastructure, there will also be huge improvements made to the public transport network. £220m will be invested to help improve bus services in England, this includes £50m, which has been ring-fenced for the country’s first all-electric bus town or city.
While the plan to enable contactless payments on all bus routes is hoped to reignite the bus network by bringing it up to date.
For many motorists who struggle with tailbacks on their daily commute or those who think our current bus-system is not-fit-for-purpose, the new road fund will come as welcome news. But do you think it goes far enough? Let us know your thoughts on the new road funds on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.