The Highways Agency is to deliver vital road improvements to boost the economy, reduce congestion and improve safety in the East of England, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced today.
And among the projects to be carried out is the construction of an eastbound expressway lane to allow motorists travelling from Swaffham and Dereham towards Norwich to bypass the roundabout. Starting in 2013 and due for completion in 2014, the project will cost £1.3m but, by easing congestion, it is expected to help generate more than 1300 jobs by 2020.
The regional schemes, in total costing £22 million, are part of a £217 million national programme to remove bottlenecks and keep traffic moving on England’s motorways and major A roads. Many of the other improvements will be delivered in 2013 and 2014, and they will all be completed by March 2015.
Today’s announcement brings the total number of schemes to receive investment from the Government’s pinch point fund to 65. A third stage of projects will be announced next year.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:
“These £217 million road improvements prove the Government’s determination to accelerate growth and cut congestion.
“Keeping traffic moving is vital to securing prosperity. By removing bottlenecks and improving access to local enterprise zones, key international trading ports and communities, these road schemes will help get people to and from work and power the economy. They also have the potential to help deliver more than 300,000 new jobs and 150,000 new homes.”
Beside the Honigham improvements the other schemes in our region include
- A14 junction 31 to 32 improvement, Cambridgeshire
- A1(M) junction 6 northbound all lane running, Welwyn
- A1 Black Cat part-time signals, Chawston
- A1/A47 Wansford junction, Peterborough
- A120 Galleys Corner roundabout improvement, Essex
These improvement schemes form part of the Government’s growth initiative outlined during the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011. Funds have been allocated to the Highways Agency to undertake focused improvements to the strategic road network.