£100m road network investment set to be announced by the Prime Minister
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to announce mass investment in the country’s infrastructure, including £100m towards 29 road projects.
In a speech in the West Midlands, the Prime Minister will underline his commitment to ‘build, build, build’ in order to upgrade Britain’s infrastructure and skills to fuel economic recovery across the UK.
He is expected to say, “Build back better, build back greener, build back faster and to do that at the pace that this moment requires.”
In total, up to £5bn is anticipated to be invested across the country, including £100m this year for 29 projects in the road network. The £100m is expected to be spent on a wide range of projects from bridge repairs in Sandwell to boosting the quality of the A15 in the Humber region. Plus £10m for development work to unblock the Manchester rail bottleneck, which will begin this year.
A further £500k-£1m will be allocated to 101 towns selected for “town deals”, which can be spent on projects such as improvements to parks, high streets, and transport.
To support its ambition to ‘build build build’, in the Autumn the government also plans to publish a National Infrastructure Strategy which will set a clear direction on core economic infrastructure, including energy networks, road and rail, flood defences and waste. Additionally, further projects in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be reviewed to look at how best to improve road, rail, air and sea links between the four nations.
Other investments include £1.5bn for hospitals and healthcare; over £1bn to kickstart a ten-year school rebuilding programme plus a further £760m to repair and upgrade schools and FE colleges; and £285m towards courts and prison services.
In terms of the environment, the Prime Minister is expected to recommit to reforest Britain by planting over 75,000 acres of trees every year to 2025.
Further announcements regarding jobs are expected to also be made, while Chancellor Rishi Sunak will provide an update on the economy next week.
Original source article: https://fleetworld.co.uk/pm-to-announce-100m-towards-29-road-projects/
Author: Jonathan Musk
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