£165 million boost to tackle bottlenecks

Published on Friday, 31 May 2013 11:42
Written by Vicki Mitchem

Congested roads across England are to be tackled with £165 million of funding, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced today.

Today's (31 May 2013) announcement is the second tranche of funding from the £190 million Local Pinch Point Fund, first announced in December 2012. A further 62 schemes have today (31 May 2013) won department funding, bringing the total number of schemes financed by the fund to 72. Combined with local contributions, the total investment rises to more than £300 million.

The successful schemes being announced today include improvements and upgrades to vital roads and bridges, new access routes and enhancements to address congestion at local traffic hotspots. Many of the schemes will help enhance provision for buses, as well as improving facilities for cycling and walking.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, said:

"This government is taking action on both jobs and growth.

"The schemes we have announced today are designed to target key bottlenecks around the country, making life easier for the thousands of motorists and businesses who use the local road network every day.

"Investing in these schemes shows that the government is serious about accelerating growth where it is needed most.

"These schemes have the potential to help create more than 100,000 jobs and around 100,000 new homes.

"I look forward to seeing works underway as soon as possible."

A full list of the successful bids can be found here. All the schemes for which funding has been confirmed today (31 May 2013) are also receiving funding contributions from the local council or the private sector.

Source: DFT

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