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RAC comments on Highways England's updated £15bn road improvement programme

News   •   Oct 19, 2017 17:26 BST

Highways England’s has today updated its £15bn road improvement programme to reduce the impact of roadworks on motorists and minimise congestion while improvements take place. 

RAC roads policy spokesman Nick Lyes said: “While it is concerning that a number of projects which were due to be delivered through the Government’s Road Investment Strategy for the strategic road network have been delayed, it is encouraging that Highways England is trying to minimise disruption by avoiding too many roadworks in nearby areas.

“This reprioritisation of schemes announcement will inevitably be extremely frustrating for some motorists who will now have to wait even longer for promised upgrades to certain key sections of the strategic road network, but equally others will be happy to see schemes that affect them being brought forward.

“With congestion levels getting worse as a result of record numbers of vehicles using our roads it is vitally important that the schemes have been prioritised in such a way as to make the biggest difference to improving overall road capacity.”