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03.06.13

Further ‘local pinch point’ highways funding awarded

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced £165m of funding to help tackle congested roads.

The second tranche of funding from the £190m Local Pinch Point Fund has awarded money to 62 schemes. Combined with local contributions, the total investment is now over £300m.

The fund will support improvements and upgrades to vital roads and bridges, create new access routes and enhancements to address congestion at local traffic hotspots. The money will also help enhance provision for buses.

McLoughlin, said: “This government is taking action on both jobs and growth. The schemes we have announced today (31 May 2013) are designed to target key bottlenecks around the country, making life easier for the thousands of motorists and businesses who use the local road network every day.

“Investing in these schemes shows that the Government is serious about accelerating growth where it is needed most. These schemes have the potential to help create more than 100,000 jobs and around 100,000 new homes.”

The schemes being supported vary in size from the £38m ‘Woodside Link’ in Bedfordshire, a 3.3km road from Houghton Regis to the proposed M1 Junction 11A which will be constructed as part of the A5-M1 Link Road, down to a £1.4m scheme to improve capacity on two roundabouts on the A452 in Warwickshire. The full list is here: www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/204265/tranche-2-successful-schemes.pdf

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