A £6.1 billion programme has recently been announced by Transport Minister Jesse Norman for improvements to major roads across England. These improvements form part of the Government’s plan for upgrades to the road network in England, with £23 billion allocated to making the improvements.
The improvements will go a long way to easing congestion on roads, provide more capacity on roads, faster journeys and improve local connections. Within the next six months the government will begin the process on 55 road improvements throughout the country, alongside opening 8 schemes, consulting on 10 and publishing their final plans for a further 29.
For every day driving these improvements will have fantastic benefits, however, for professional drivers the upgrades are predicted to provide significant improvements to their day to day work.
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has welcomed the announcement, as traffic congestion on the road has a significant impact on the haulage industry, amounting to billions of pounds in costs each year. Richard Burnett, chief executive of the RHA, went on to state his hopes that the improvements will reduce congestion, journey times and subsequently delivery times.
With road hauliers moving 85% of the UK economy, the updates will benefit their working life significantly, as well as helping to improve efficiency and boost the economy.