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Highways England briefs on more road plans

30 Sep 15 Highways England has been holding more briefings with suppliers to publicise details of its road construction plans.

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.

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