£27.4 billion in roads investment plans announced

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Published on 24 August 2020 by Mike Waters

Highways England has unveiled plans to carry out £27.4 billion of investment in the nation’s strategic road network.  

In a statement on its website, Highways England said that £14 billion would go towards projects that would improve the “quality, capacity and safety of the motorways and major A roads”, while almost £11 billion would go towards “improving everyday journeys by repairing and replacing parts of the network” which were “largely built in the 1960s and '70s”. 

As part of the upgrades, Highways England has announced that it will resurface nearly 5,000 lane/miles of road surface, install or replace more than 1,000 miles of safety barriers, renew more than 170 bridges and other structures, replace concrete sections on the M5, M18, M20, M42, M54, M56 and A14, improve access to the port of Liverpool, upgrade the A66 to create the first  new Trans-Pennine dual carriageway since 1971 and work on a new tunnel under the Thames to connect Essex and Kent and improve access to the Channel ports. It predicted that the upgrades would help support 64,000 jobs in the construction sector. 

Commenting, Highways England Chief Executive Jim O’Sullivan said: "Over the next five years, we will increase capacity where it is most needed and continue to upgrade more of the network which has suffered from decades of under-investment." 

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