The state of British roads has come in for much criticism from drivers and industry. However, David Cameron has announced an injection of £15 billion to improve the condition of England’s top 100 “problem hotspots” by the end of the decade.
The prime minister is expected to tell business leaders that hundreds of miles of extra lanes will be added to key motorway and trunk road routes in attempt to slash journey times and create a “roads revolution”.
New routes that are under consideration include a tunnel under Stonehenge to reduce congestion on the A303 that goes past the prehistoric monument and forms a key artery linking the south west of England to London via the M3 motorway.
Other roads that could benefit from funding are the A1 around Newcastle, the A27 on the south coast in Hampshire, the A47 which links Cambridgeshire and Norfolk and roads across the Pennines.
This will be nothing less than a roads revolution – one which will lead to quicker journey times, more jobs, and businesses boosted right across the country.
Mr Cameron is expected to announce the “biggest, boldest and most far-reaching” upgrade to British roads in a generation during next months’ autumn statement at the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference.
The coalition leader is due to say: “In three weeks' time you will see an autumn statement where we choose the future again. At its heart is the biggest, boldest and most far-reaching road improvement programme in four decades: over 100 improvements to our major roads,” reports Yahoo Cars.
"Hundreds of extra lane miles on our motorways and trunk roads. The green light given to major projects that have been stalled for years. Action to improve some of the most important arteries in our country – like the A303 and the A1 – which for too long have held parts of our country back. And all underpinned by over £15 billion worth of investment.
"This will be nothing less than a roads revolution – one which will lead to quicker journey times, more jobs, and businesses boosted right across the country."
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