Roads pledge welcomed by Lancashire chiefs

Chancellor George Osborne is poised to announce the funding in his autumn statement tomorrow
Chancellor George Osborne is poised to announce the funding in his autumn statement tomorrow
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A pledge to spend £15bn improving Britain’s roads has been welcomed by business leaders.

Chancellor George Osborne is poised to announce the funding in his autumn statement tomorrow.

The improvements – some of which have already been announced – will include completing the “smart” lane on the M62 from Manchester to Leeds, and improving links to the Port of Liverpool.

Babs Murphy, Chief Executive of the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said: “The strategic road network is vital.

“For too long our road system has suffered as a result of fragmented investment and continuous changes to government policy.

“This approach must change if we are to guarantee a road network that is able to cope with the upsurge in traffic volume in the years ahead. A road investment strategy that sets out how the network will be upgraded over the long term will assist businesses plan for the future and provide them with greater confidence in the government’s commitment to improving the UK’s infrastructure.

“It is important all parties support schemes identified in this plan, and commit to delivering them as soon as possible.”

A tunnel on the A303 at Stonehenge is among dozens of new road plans to be announced by the government, as part of a £15bn “roads revolution” for England.

The money – initially announced in 2013 – will involve 100 road improvement schemes and add 1,300 new miles of extra lanes to motorways and A roads.

What Lancashire wants from the Chancellor – page 23.