Millions of road-users in the east of England are set to enjoy safer, quicker and easier journeys, as Highways England reveals a £218M package of improvements to roads, pavements and bridges across the region over the next 12 months.
Well-known motorways and major A roads including the M11, A14, A1, A47 and A12 are all included in the package.
Works include road resurfacing, bridge joint replacements, the creation of cycle lanes, improved signage and landscaping.
In total, Highways England will spend £218M on more than 100 schemes across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Roads minister Baroness Vere emphasised the importance of the work.
“As we build back better from the pandemic, this multi-million-pound investment will ensure millions of motorists and road-users in the east of England have access to better journeys, all while improving road safety and boosting the economy right across the region,” she said.
“The investment comes in addition to our plans for major dualling and widening schemes on roads such as the A47 and A12, which will begin construction over the next two to three years.
“This government will continue to level up connections and improve infrastructure across the country, ensuring everyone, everywhere, can get around quickly and easily.”
Highways England regional director Martin Fellows added: “Hundreds of thousands of drivers use our roads every day for work journeys, home deliveries and the movement of the goods and services, so it’s essential we keep them in a good condition to ensure safety and reliability.
“With this investment, Highways England will continue to deliver the essential maintenance and upgrades throughout the region to improve safety and help keep drivers on the move.”
This latest investment into the regions roads follows on from last year’s essential maintenance programme which saw Highways England pump £117M million into the completion of 123 road renewal and maintenance projects.
Over the past 12 months, Highways England resurfaced 326km of motorways and major A roads in the East, using 221,177t of resurfacing material. A further 82,000 road studs were laid to help light the way for divers, 335 traffic signs were erected, 95 bridge joins installed, and 111 lighting improvements made.
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