Govt announces £100m for northern road schemes

The Government has announced £100m to address congestion pinch-points on local roads in the North.

The Treasury said that the cash is part of £400m of ‘extra funding’ for transport improvements across the Northern Powerhouse, with £300m for rail.

However, officials said the roads funding would come from the existing £23bn National Productivity Investment Fund.

The cash has been allocated following a competitive bidding process and will go towards 13 priority schemes in the North West, 10 in Yorkshire and the Humber and 10 across the North East.

Treasury officials said the schemes that will receive the money had been ‘proposed by local leaders who know their areas best and illustrated how this investment will be of the greatest benefit to local people to improve journeys and help support jobs’.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: ‘Speeding up journey times between our northern cities, increasing capacity on the road and rail network and enhancing connectivity so that people can access good-quality jobs and businesses can reach new markets is essential if the North is going to fulfil its economic potential.

‘The £400m investment announced today is a helpful start at better connecting our great towns and cities across the North. But the investment the North needs in its transport infrastructure runs into billions. Transport for the North are working on their plans for the whole of the North. Once they have submitted these to Government there will be an expectation of much greater levels of investment.’

At the Spring Budget earlier this year, the Treasury said that out of £690m outstanding NPIF cash for local transport to be competitively allocated to local authorities, £490m would be ‘made available by early autumn 2017’.

The Treasury said details of the 33 road schemes will be announced ‘in due course’, while the Department for Transport will announce the remainder of the NPIF local roads funding.

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