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The work is part of a number of schemes worth £75m to be carried out around England as the Government continues to invest
A North East road has been earmarked for £1.85m worth of improvements it has been revealed.
The work will be carried at the A1 (M) junction 61 in Durham and will be delivered by Highways England in partnership with Durham County Council.
It will be supported by additional private funding and as a result of the work around 270 homes and 3,750 jobs are expected to be unlocked.
The scheme was part of a multi-million pound package of road improvement schemes announced by Highways England which it says will help create almost 11,000 jobs and more than 4,000 homes.
As well as Durham, the improvements, worth £75 million, will create opportunities around Derby and Daventry in the Midlands, Oldham in the North West, and Taunton in the South West.
Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England chief executive, said: “As the improvements we’re announcing show, England’s strategic road network is vital for economic success by connecting businesses and people and supporting the Government’s agenda of employment and growth.
“The improvements are essential to accommodate the extra journeys the developments will create, and we will continue to use our Growth and Housing Fund to unlock further development sites around the country.”
Highways England is making a £12.45m contribution towards the schemes from its Growth and Housing Fund, with private sector developer contributions and other public funding making up the rest.
The £100m fund was set up as part of the government’s £15bn investment in roads and provides financial contributions towards the cost of road improvements that are needed for new developments, which promise timely delivery of homes and jobs.