The UK’s Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced five road projects that will receive financial support from the £100m Major Road Network fund.

The five projects cover a new section of the York outer ring road, the farmyard bottleneck on the Grizebeck Bypass near Barrow in Furness, the A614 near Ollerton in Nottinghamshire, new slip roads in Thurrock, as well as upgrades to Gallows Corner in east London.

Construction work on the first improvements is scheduled to commence from 2020-21.

Grayling said: “We are spending record amounts on improving our roads and we want more of our busiest roads to benefit from guaranteed investment.

Covid-19 Report — Updated twice a week Understanding the Covid-19 outbreak, the economic impact and implications for specific sectors

Covid-19 executive briefing report cover
GlobalData

Our parent business intelligence company

“The Major Road Network fund has been designed to enhance connections between towns and cities across the country, as well as facilitate regional economic growth.”

“These first five schemes will unlock no end of benefits for communities by improving motorists’ journeys, taking traffic away from built-up areas, as well as enabling new housing to be built and creating more jobs.”

The Major Road Network fund has been designed to enhance connections between towns and cities across the country, as well as facilitate regional economic growth. More than 5,500 miles of roads across the UK are expected to benefit from work carried out through the new fund.

Additionally, Grayling announced a ‘one-click’ compensation scheme for rail commuters facing delays.

The scheme will enable affected travellers to claim compensation for delays and disruption with just one click on their smartphones.

“As a rail commuter myself I know how frustrating it can be when things go wrong. This Conservative government is on the side of passengers, making sure you can claim what you are owed when rail journeys don’t go to plan,” Grayling added.