It has been said by the DfT (Department for Transport) that councils will be receiving the sum of money to:
- improve roads,
- cut congestion,
- improve journey times.
It was announced in the Autumn Statement and the Pothole Action Fund that the funding includes £185 million for 2017 and 2018 from the new National Productivity Investment Fund.
On top of the already mentioned, there is an additional £75 million that councils are able to bid for in order to repair and maintain local infrastructure, (rural roads included).
It’s been said by the government that the funding will be spent on the latest step in its economic plan, which includes improving transport links.
Jones had the following to say:
“Roads play a significant part in everyday life, linking people with jobs and businesses with customers, which is why this government is investing record amounts improving and maintaining highways across the country to help motorists. The funding we have allocated is focused on relieving congestion and providing important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future – helping to build an economy that works for everyone.”
On the M11, junction 7A, near Harlow in Essex, a new junction is planned to be appointed, which is anticipated to cut journey times to Stansted and Cambridge and ensure the delivery of 15,000 homes.
Essex County Council will be part-funding the project.
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