Highways England announcement boosts Midlands’ road improvements projects


Highways England (HE) intends to improve roads across the Midlands by carrying out multimillion project works.

The works that will be carried out in this region include improvement scheme worth at £191m at Catthorpe junction 19 of the M1, as well as significant progress on the £106m A45 / A46 Tollbar End improvement scheme.

HE will carry out consultation on a £282m scheme that would improve traffic flow around junction 6 of the M42, and will focus on the progress on £65m plans to improve junction 10 of the M6

"The Midlands is at the heart of England’s strategic road network and investment in schemes like these benefits the whole country."

Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said: “We are currently delivering more than £15 billion of investment in over 100 major schemes across England that will enhance, renew and improve the network and it’s fantastic to see key projects like these in the Midlands making real progress.

“The Midlands is at the heart of England’s strategic road network and investment in schemes like these benefits the whole country.

"This region really is the Midlands Engine which drives the country.”

Jim also revealed details about the developments on a number of major projects that would create additional employment opportunities as well as will boost to the region’s economy.

HE carried out road improvement works on junction the junction 19 interchange of the M1, M6 and A14 at Catthorpe, where nearly 142,000 commuter pass through the junction on daily basis.

The improvement works on this junction has led to free-flow of traffic coming from the A14 to M1 northbound, M1 southbound to A14, M6 to A14 in both directions, M6 to M1 southbound and M1 northbound to M6.