North West to see £244m improvements
Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians beginning to return to streets across the North West are set to benefit from a £244m investment designed to make journeys quicker and safer.
The cash boost is part of the £1.7bn Transport Infrastructure Investment Fund announced by the government, which will be used to improve roads, repair bridges and fill in millions of potholes across England.
In the North West, about 1.5 million nuisance potholes will be targeted with smaller improvements earmarked for local networks.
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.”
Councils across the North West have already taken advantage of the quiet periods on the roads to carry out key works, including replacing the 250-year-old Pooley Bridge that collapsed during the winter floods of 2015/16.