Department of Transport announce £196m to improve roads and boost connections across Yorkshire and the Humber

Areas across England to receive a share of £1.7bn to improve journeys for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers

Monday, 18th May 2020, 8:00 am
Areas across England to receive a share of 1.7bn to improve journeys for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers

Streamlined cash will help councils to carry out vital repairs to local roads and target 11 million potholes across the country

Fast tracked construction works worth £175m will ensure vital road and rail networks get repairs while fewer people are using the transport system

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians beginning to return to streets across Yorkshire and the Humber are set to benefit from a £196 million investment to make journeys quicker, smoother and safer, the Government has announced.

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Hundreds-of-millions-of-pounds worth of upgrades have already been made to the nation’s road and rail networks during the lockdown period with more planned over the coming weeks and months.

The £1.7 billion Transport Infrastructure Investment Fund will help every area in England outside London to improve its roads, repair bridges and fill in millions of potholes – enough to build a road stretching a third of the way around the Earth.

The package will target around 1.3 million nuisance potholes across Yorkshire and the Humber alone. It will also see smaller improvements completed to upgrade local networks, such as enhancing road safety at key locations, the installation of priority bus lanes and the creation of projects to help lock in improvements in air quality experienced during lockdown.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “It is vital that we continue to stay at home and only travel when it is essential to do so, but as people slowly begin to return to our roads over the coming weeks and months, we want to ensure they are in the best shape possible.

“The funding we are allocating will help make journeys smoother, quicker and safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.”

The £1.7 billion is being automatically allocated based on the length of local authorities’ roads, helping to reduce pressures on staff at this crucial time by removing the need to apply manually for funding.

The Government is also accelerating more than £175 million worth of work during the quieter period across the road and rail network while people follow guidance to avoid unnecessary travel.

Major improvement works have already taken place over the past month, with England’s motorways and major A-roads benefiting from £200 million of work carried out in April while some £550 million of improvements and maintenance have been completed on the rail network.

In addition, councils across Yorkshire and the Humber have taken advantage of the quiet periods on the roads to safely carry out key works.