Advertisement

Chancellor announces £29bn road investment as part of ‘infrastructure revolution’

Sajid Javid says Government is “getting the shovels out early” on important strategic and local road projects

Parliament

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has announced £29 billion of investment in strategic and local roads during his speech at the 2019 Conservative Party Conference.

The fund is an expansion of the £25 billion Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) pot set aside by former Chancellor Philip Hammond, and will be used to upgrade a number of major and minor roads throughout the UK.

Advertisement - Article continues below

• All ministerial cars to be electric by 2030 

These include improvements to the Simister Island interchange in Manchester, enlarging single-carriageway sections of the A66 Trans-Pennine expressway into dual-carriageways, and the addition of a new 10-mile section of the A428 between Cambridge and Milton Keynes.

At the last spending round, the Treasury committed £220 million to buses alone. Now, Javid has confirmed this will form part of a “national bus strategy” from 2020 onwards, involving the rollout of a “superbus networks”, expanding the number of low-emission buses in the UK and delivering better value-for-money for passengers. This scheme will be trialled in Cornwall in 2020.

More than £20 million will be dedicated to bus lanes in the West Midlands, and there will be a “digital revolution” bringing contactless payment to all buses.

Finally, as Javid pledged £5 billion on the rollout of full-fibre broadband to rural areas, he talked about the need for the UK to catch up with other European countries on the latest technologies, such as 5G, which is used in connected and autonomous vehicles.

“All of these measures will level up areas of our country that feel left out,” Javid said, adding that the Government’s plan was “borrowing to build, not borrowing to waste”.

 Is spending £29 billion on the UK roads a good idea? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below...

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Over a quarter of drivers are late for their MoT
MOT testing station
Consumer news

Over a quarter of drivers are late for their MoT

Motorists who drive a car without a valid MoT certificate risk a fine of up to £1,000
7 Aug 2020
Company car tax guide 2019/2020: everything you need to know
Consumer news

Company car tax guide 2019/2020: everything you need to know

Strict new emissions tests will affect how much company car tax we pay. Here we look at how the system has changed
6 Aug 2020
Six-month MoT extension ends on Saturday
Consumer news

Six-month MoT extension ends on Saturday

Department for Transport ends MoT extension on Saturday 1 August; cars due an MoT before that date still get extra six months
29 Jul 2020
Number of road deaths remain virtually unchanged since 2012
Accident boards to stop rubbernecking
News

Number of road deaths remain virtually unchanged since 2012

The latest provisional figures suggest road deaths have remained virtually unchanged for years, prompting criticism from motoring groups
20 Jul 2020

Most Popular

Over a quarter of drivers are late for their MoT
MOT testing station
Consumer news

Over a quarter of drivers are late for their MoT

Motorists who drive a car without a valid MoT certificate risk a fine of up to £1,000
7 Aug 2020
New 2022 Ineos Grenadier: prices, specs and launch date
Ineos Grenadier

New 2022 Ineos Grenadier: prices, specs and launch date

Ineos Automotive’s spiritual successor to the old Land Rover Defender will go on sale soon, with a starting price of around £50,000
6 Aug 2020
Best new car deals 2020
Best cars & vans

Best new car deals 2020

Secure your dream model from our list of the best new car deals on the market right now
6 Aug 2020