Government launches bypass fund
05 July 2017 15:25
The government has announced the launch of a new transport investment strategy, with the building of new bypasses being a key priority.
It has announced that it will create a new major road network, which would involve giving local authorities funds to improve or replace their most important A roads.
A high priority will be given to building new bypasses and other measures that will help relieve traffic congestion at key pinch points in local road networks. This will seek to cut traffic jams in bigger towns and cities as well as divert heavy goods traffic away from small country roads.
It is also designed to help create the necessary transport infrastructure to support the building of new homes, schools and business premises, with a stated aim being to use this investment to help generate more of Britain's economic growth away from the south-east of England.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: "The transport investment strategy sets out a blueprint for how we can harness the power of transport investment to drive balanced economic growth, unlock new housing projects, and support the government’s modern industrial strategy.
"This government is taking the big transport decisions for Britain’s future like HS2 and Heathrow, while delivering the biggest investment in roads and rail for a generation."
A sum of £5.8 billion has been set aside for these bypass projects in 2016-17, which will be built across England. A figure of £61 billion will be invested up to 2020-21.
Several similar projects are being undertaken by the devolved administrations across the UK. A notable example is the A90 bypass around the western fringes of Aberdeen, which is currently under construction.
Another project that has just received funding is work to relieve a key pinch point in the centre of Belfast where three motorways converge. This will be paid for out of the extra funding secured by the Democratic Unionists in the confidence-and-supply deal it agreed to support the minority Conservative government.