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Highways England has met with suppliers to set out plans for a £1.8 billion investment to improve roads in the Midlands.

As part of the government’s ‘Road Investment Strategy’ to triple spending levels on roads by the end of the decade, the plan includes:

Improvements planned for M42 junction 6

·         New smart motorway around the M42/M40 interchange

·         Development of a new link road connecting M54, M6 and the M6 Toll

·         New, bigger M6 junction 10

·         Plans to replace roundabouts at A50 Uttoxeter

·         Widening of the A500 at Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent

·         New smart motorway between M6 junctions 13 and 15

·         Improvements planned for A46 junctions

·         A new smart motorway between junctions 2 and 4 of the M6

·         Improvement for the A38 Derby junctions

·         Widening of the A5 Dodwells to Longshoot

·         A new smart motorway between junction 23a and 25 of the M1

Highways England Regional Director Tim Harbot said,

These new schemes will bring huge improvements to journeys around the Midlands.

The government has committed record funding to specific transport projects here so the Midlands can act as a transport hub for the entire country. We’re delivering that investment to help unlock billions for the economy by increasing road capacity, improving traffic flow and improving safety and accessibility for all road users.

www.transportnewsbrief.com reported Oct 1