STEPHEN Metcalfe, Member of Parliament for South Basildon & East Thurrock, has welcomed the Government’s announcement of £3 billion of investment on improving roads in a boost for motorists across the UK and locally in Essex.
This week the Transport Secretary outlined the details of road improvements announced as part of the Autumn Statement, including:
· £925 million to tackle congestion and provide upgrades on local roads
· £175 million to improve the 50 most dangerous roads in the country
· £220 million for Highways England to combat congestion
The Government is also allocating over £9.7 million to the East of England to fix around 183,000 potholes in 2017/18 or stop them forming in the first place, including £1,869,000 to fix 35,300 potholes in Essex.
From the £175 million being made available for road safety, the Government will be inviting proposals from local highway authorities to upgrade some of the most dangerous local roads, where the risk of fatal and serious collisions is highest.
Mr Metcalfe said:
“This investment is great news for local families and businesses who rely on good quality roads.
“These schemes are focused on relieving congestion and providing important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future – helping local people travel both quickly and safely.
“The funding to fix potholes in our area will also be welcome news for local motorists, many of whom have expressed their frustration to me about the state of our roads. I would encourage the council to make full use of their funding allocation locally.
“Taken together, these measures will help to build a stronger local economy by linking people with jobs, businesses with customers, ensuring a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few.”