Councils granted share of £75 million for road improvements

Councils across England have been awarded funding in order to carry out major road improvements as part of a £75 million government investment.

The funds will be used to refurbish bridges, improve junctions, and boost flood defences.

A total of 19 projects in the country will have a share of the money for essential road maintenance.

Local authorities were challenged to put forward schemes which could make a real difference to road users. Winning projects include junction improvements, repairs and resurfacing, flood resilience measures, bridge and viaduct refurbishment, and improved drainage.

These improvements aim to cut congestion, reduce journey times and improve reliability, as well as helping to support local businesses and boost economic growth.

Transport minister, Jesse Norman, said: “This investment will enable councils to repair roads and key infrastructure like bridges – boosting reliability on our roads so people can stay connected with family, friends and employment, while also keeping businesses connected with customers.

“Most of the schemes will be delivered within the next 12 months, so many drivers will see an immediate impact.”

Among the projects, which will receive funding, is a £4.6 million refurbishment of the A589 Greyhound Bridge in Lancashire enabling HGVs to access the bridge, boosting access for businesses and securing skilled jobs locally.

Road users in Devon will benefit from a major carriageway and drainage renewal scheme to regenerate the dual-carriageway stretch of the A361 and £5 million has been awarded in Northumberland for maintenance and repairs.

The challenge fund is one part of the £6.1 billion being provided to local highway authorities in England, outside London, between 2015 to 2016 and 2020 to 2021 to help keep Britain moving and the economy growing.

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