Vast swathes of tarmac up and down the country are due for a major overhaul, according to current PM David Cameron, who has lifted the lid on new plans to boost the country’s infrastructure by pumping billions of pounds into new building projects around the UK.
The government announced that £15 billion of the budget would be set aside as part of a road improvement fund. The scheme, first earmarked back in 2013, will focus on improving hundreds of roads, tackling areas with congestion problems, as well as adding another 1300 miles of motorways and extra lines to A roads.
Visitors planning a trip to Glastonbury will be glad to know the infamous bottleneck on the way to Stonehenge on the A303 is just one of the areas the scheme hopes to set right as part of the £15bn “roads revolution”. Dualling of the A1, stretching all the way from London to Ellingham, just 25 miles shy of the Scot’s border, is also high on the Coalition’s list of priorities.
One party who didn’t welcome the new initiative was Labour, who warned the Coalition couldn’t be trusted to deliver on their promise, saying they’re “all talk and no delivery”.
Despite the Labour party’s misgivings, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced to parliament that the 100 road schemes, 84 of which were newly proposed, would be of immeasurable benefit to motorists, making it easier for them to navigate the roads and cut down on travel times.
After outlining his plans, Patrick McLoughlin said the road improvements were “key to our nation’s prosperity”, claiming that the lack of investment in the past has caused UK roadways to suffer and stagnate. It is his belief that the boost to infrastructure will revitalise the economy and spur new growth.
“Today I am setting out the biggest, boldest and most far-reaching roads programme for decades. It will dramatically improve our road network and unlock Britain’s economic potential,” he added.
The full lowdown on the Coalition’s plans are expected to come into the light later this week when the chancellor gives his Autumn Statement.
Motor groups gave the news a warm welcome, congratulating the government for updating existing highways and byways instead of bulldozing through the countryside to create new ones. They claimed some of the roads being targeted have been sources of much misery through the years and long overdue for an upgrade.