Meetings were held yesterday outlining the £2bn plans for the east of England. £1.8bn plans for the Midlands by 2021.
In the east of England, Costain Carillion JV is already at work on the £200m A5-M1 Link Dunstable Northern Bypass in Bedfordshire. Other schemes due to start in the region by 2019/20 include:
- A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvements – building a new bypass to the south of Huntingdon and widening some of the existing carriageway near Cambridge, as well as the A1 between Brampton and Alconbury.
- upgrading six sections of the A47/A12 corridor in Norfolk across a 115 mile section of the A47 between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth. This will include converting almost 8 miles of single carriageway to dual carriageway and making improvements to 3 junctions, relieving congestion and increasing journey time reliability
- increasing capacity on the A1(M) providing an additional 14 lane miles to relieve congestion in Hertfordshire
- upgrading technology at junctions on the M11 across Essex and Cambridgeshire, from Stansted Airport to Cambridge, which will support plans for additional housing
- providing technology along the A12 in Essex and Suffolk from the M25 to Ipswich and widening the stretch between Chelmsford and the A120 to 3 lanes, adding 30 miles of additional lane capacity
- providing a new 13-mile stretch of dual carriageway on the A428 between western Cambridgeshire and the northeast of Bedfordshire.
The £1.8bn Midlands trunk road and motorway programme includes:
- improvements at 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
- replacing 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 junction 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.
Across the West Midlands, Highways England will also spend around £600m on maintenance, including £160m to resurface more than 900 miles of carriageway; £225m for repairing and renewing structures like bridges and viaducts; and £60m to improve vehicle barriers.