UK Department for Transport announces £100m in funding for 18 new road schemes
October 02, 2019 – The UK’s Department for Transport has announced £100m in first wave of funding, enabling 18 new road schemes to move to the next stage of development.
Out of the 18 schemes, four schemes which have been approved for construction, including the Preston western distributor scheme, providing a new dual carriageway to reduce congestion in the city and the 3.5km Stubbington bypass.
Seven other schemes will be offered funding for development, including the A140 Long Stratton Bypass, which will divert traffic away from busier routes around Norwich, helping reduce traffic through local routes and the A511 growth corridor, where a series of improvements will be done to improve access to jobs and services in Leicestershire.
Seven more schemes have also been approved to proceed and to apply for funding at a later stage, the department stated.
The 18 road schemes are expected to support wider economies by creating jobs along with new opportunities for greener forms of travel, as they will include dedicated routes for cyclists and pedestrians.
As it is the first wave of funding announced, for major road network and large local major programme, further rounds are expected to be announced in the coming months.
The present funding is in addition to the already committed funding to improve the road network, along with £296m Pothole Action Fund, to fix just under 6 million potholes.
On top of the £100m, there will also be £25.3bn invested in strategic road network between 2020 and 2025.
The second Road Investment Strategy, which is expected to be announced later this year, will set out what this funding will deliver. Users of the A66 across the Pennines, A46 at Newark, M60 Simister Island interchange and A12 in Essex will be among those to benefit from this funding.
The schemes that are given funding to proceed to construction include £31m for the Preston western distributor scheme, £25.5m for the Stubbington bypass, £22.5m for the White Hart junction, and £22.9m for the Wichelstowe southern access scheme.