DfT to invest £49m more in road improvement schemes

The government is to invest £49m more in local road schemes to tackle congestion, on top of the investment it unveiled earlier this year.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has identified 25 more road improvement projects to receive money from its Local Pinch Point Fund, on top of the 87 schemes already granted funding in 2013.

Many of the schemes are expected to be completed in 2014 and 2015 and the DfT hopes the funding will encourage economic growth by removing barriers on the road network.

It has also confirmed £111m in funding for the M6-Heysham link road, which is hoped to improve access to the Port of Heysham.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Whether it’s unblocking bottlenecks on local roads, [or] improving trouble spots on our motorways and trunk roads…these projects will benefit communities up and down the country and help keep Britain moving.”

The projects to benefit from this latest tranche of funding include new direct access between Milton Park in Oxfordshire and the Harwell Oxford business park; improved access to the Aston Advanced Manufacturing hub in Birmingham; dualling a major Lancashire single-carriageway road; and new access to the Port of Salford.