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Pinch point programme enters final stage

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The Highways Agency is investing £98 million in an effort to remove bottlenecks and keep traffic moving on England’s motorways and major A roads.

It is set to deliver on a further 58 schemes to boost the economy, reduce congestion and improve safety through the third, and final, stage of its pinch point programme.

The schemes will be carried out by March 2015 and will bring an estimated £1.4 billion of economic benefit.

This announcement brings the total investment for the 123-scheme pinch point programme to £317 million and includes an extra £100 million announced by the Chancellor in his 2012 autumn statement.

Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, said: “The Government is committed to cutting congestion and accelerating growth – that is why the Chancellor injected an extra £100 million into the Highways Agency pinch point programme last autumn.

“This third round of innovative schemes has the potential to help create more than 94,000 new jobs and 61,000 new homes, while making life easier for the thousands of motorists and businesses who use these roads every day.”

The third stage features 26 projects developed in conjunction with local enterprise partnerships and local authorities to promote local economic growth. They will improve access to nearby development sites such as enterprise zones and locally designated areas, as well as to international and national gateways.

The remaining 32 schemes will install new technology to support the logistics industry and wider economic growth by improving driver information, signage and incident clear up times.

The majority of schemes from the first two stages of the programme are in the detailed design phase with construction due to start soon.

To see a full list of the schemes visit the Highways Agency website.

By Alec Peachey

 
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