55 major road schemes progressing
The government has announced where £6.1 billion of already-promised funding for roads will be spent.
According to the Department for Transport, over the coming six months there will be 8 scheme openings; consultation on ten more and final plans published for 29 others.
Transport minister Jesse Norman also said:
"And shortly I also plan to announce the winners of the 2017 to 2018 highways maintenance challenge fund, where the government will be investing £75 million to improve smaller local roads including through resurfacing, filling potholes and other infrastructure projects."
Responding to the news Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said:
"The first five-year road investment strategy reassured millions of drivers and businesses that their long-term travel needs were at last being taken seriously and provided for. But the fear has always been that road programmes, like the morning mists, have a tendency to fade away before our eyes.
"This latest unveiling is therefore a particularly welcome demonstration that the promised money is not only available but is being spent on schemes that really matter, and that our calls to remember the local roads — where our journeys begin and end — are being heard."
Philip Gomm – Head of External Communications – RAC Foundation
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