£350 million announced to improve local roads

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced the £345.3 million funding package to improve local roads and public transport.

£244 million of the funding will cover a huge range of projects across the UK, including: the delivery of contactless payment options across Nottingham’s bus and tram network; creating a new link for buses in Plymouth providing direct access to Derriford hospital; and improvements on the A66 in Darlington which will help unlock 2,600 houses and 4,300 jobs by improving travel connections.

An additional £101.3 million will pay for two new major roads in Middlewich, Cheshire, and Worcester in the Midlands.

Grayling said: “This government is taking the big decisions for Britain’s future and investing a record £23 billion on our roads to increase capacity and improve journeys. These schemes will provide much needed upgrades to essential local roads up and down the country, cutting congestion, improving safety and shortening journey times for drivers. They will also help boost regional economic growth by unlocking jobs and supporting vital new housing development.”