Department for Transport to invest in traffic hotspots

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Department for Transport to invest in traffic hotspots

Traffic on UK roads has been steadily increasing, and congestion is one of the biggest annoyances for drivers. However, new schemes announced by the Department for Transport (DfT) aim to tackle this issue.

According to Fleet News, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has identified traffic hotspots across England and will invest millions of pounds to upgrade junctions, improve roundabouts and enhance traffic signalling.

It is hoped the schemes, which are worth around £110m, will reduce congestion and journey times whilst also improving safety. The schemes are planned to be completed by spring 2020.

Later on, another £110m will be invested on improving more roads, with details yet to be announced.

Grayling said: "We are making the most extensive improvements to roads in the last 40 years, investing a record £23bn to keep our country moving and make journeys faster, better and more reliable for everyone."

Among the schemes are two larger projects, worth £30m, which will develop an unbroken stretch of dual carriageway on the A69 between Hexham and Newcastle.

Meanwhile, £14m will be used to create a new junction on the M11, providing another route into Harlow with the aim of cutting journey times and opening up housing developments.

The funding includes £90m for four schemes in the North, with a further £21m set aside to improve roads in the North West; £23m for four schemes in the Midlands, with £14m for future small schemes; £53m for four projects in the South East, with £41.6m for future schemes; £32m for the M5 in the South West; and £16m for the East.

"These schemes announced today will provide quick relief to millions of drivers and save them from getting stuck in traffic," Grayling added.

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