Road works to pro­vide £18.8bn boost for econ­omy

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

ROAD works may be the bane of our lives but they are keep­ing thou­sands off the un­em­ploy­ment reg­is­ter and giv­ing a boost to the econ­omy, ap­par­ently.

More than 9,500 con­struc­tion jobs will be sup­ported this com­ing year by £1.9bn of in­vest­ment in Bri­tain’s roads, ac­cord­ing to the Trans­port Min­is­ter Robert Good­will.

In fact, the to­tal in­vest­ment in 209 schemes is £4.3bn. Ac­cord­ing to Gov­ern­ment sta­tis­tics, it is es­ti­mated that th­ese road pro­grammes – which will ei­ther start or be com­pleted in 2014 – will boost the econ­omy by more than £18.8bn and are part of a £100bn pack­age of in­vest­ment in Bri­tain’s in­fra­struc­ture over the next seven years; the largest pro­gramme of in­vest­ment since the 1970s and work that is need to cope with the ex­pected 43 per cent in­crease in traf­fic by 2040.

More than half the schemes are due for com­ple­tion next year. This will be fol­lowed in 2015 by an even larger pro­gramme of im­prove­ment and in­vest­ment on our ma­jor roads, with spend­ing ris­ing to £3bn a year by 2020.

It is hoped that the Gov­ern­ment’s £28bn com­mit­ment as part of the 2013 Spend­ing Re­view will de­liver ex­tra ca­pac­ity to our busiest mo­tor­ways, along with 52 ma­jor road projects funded and de­liv­ered be­tween this par­lia­ment and 2020 and 2021.

Schemes due to start or com­plete in 2014 in­clude: M4 J19-20 and M6 J5-8 near Birm­ing­ham, A11 Five­ways to Thetford near Nor­wich, M25 J23-27, A45 and A46 Toll­bar End and M1 J19 im­prove­ments in the Mid­lands, A23 Hand­cross to Warn­inglid near Craw­ley, the M3 J2-4a in the South East and the A1 Leem­ing to Bar­ton in the North of Eng­land.

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