The Transport Secretary has announced further intentions for road improvements to benefit businesses and commuters.
In his speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Chris Grayling unveiled a further five road schemes as part of the upgrade to the major road network which, he said, “play such an important part in good regional connections.”
The Department for Transport (DfT) has yet to reveal the exact extent of this “Major Road Network,” which is the next tier down in terms of roads that connect regions to regions.
The Business Secretary said he understands that “more and more people depend on our roads for their livelihoods,” given that the demand for road transport has increased.
It is why, he said, the “biggest roads upgrade programme for decades,” has been launched.
We have already seen how technology is helping the roads take shape, with smart motorways sprouting up throughout the country, and more set to follow.
There is an understanding about the importance in A roads, and as such, a further five schemes will start in development.
These are: a new section of the York outer ring road; modernisation of Gallows Corner in London; the “infamous” farmyard bottleneck at Grizebeck Bypass; new slip roads in Thurrock; and the A614 near Ollerton.
Elsewhere in his speech, the Transport Secretary teased that the coming weeks will see further schemes announced to tackle potholes.
He said: “I’m also acutely aware that we have problems with the conditions of our roads in many areas.
“Potholes are a blight on every motorist, and too many are caused by poor road repairs.
“We’re already spending record amounts on fixing potholes, but I will be setting out further plans in the coming weeks to tackle this blight.”
It is clearly needed, with the AA calling the volume of potholes on the road an “epidemic.”