Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly has announced a £6 billion investment in England's major roads. The government paper, Roads - Delivering Choice and Reliability, outlines plans to cut congestion, support economic growth, and improve road safety.
“I am determined to get the best from our road network,” Ruth Kelly said. “The greatest barrier to this is congestion.”
The government are proposing a variety of measures. The Traffic Management Feasibility Study has identified 500 motorway miles suitable for hard shoulder running. The extra lane would be opened during peek times and limited to 60mph. Further proposals include car sharing, tolled lanes, and traditional road expansion schemes.
New funding has also been announced for urban areas which account for 80% of congestion. Eight areas, including London, Bristol, and Greater Manchester, will benefit from the first allocation of the £60 million Urban Congestion Performance Fund.