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Clegg announces £15bn roads upgrade

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, will today launch the biggest upgrade to Britain’s roads in a generation.

The Government is to turn the M62 between Leeds and Manchester into an 8-lane Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Among the schemes which the Sheffield Hallam MP has announced is the upgrading of the M62 between Leeds and Manchester into an eight-lane " smart motorway" and improving the trans-Pennine Woodhead Pass by the introduction of two eastbound crawler lanes.

“For too long, our road network has been a source of frustration, not growth. There are whole regions of our country that are unable to reach their full potential, let alone get to work on time, because the essential routes that link them to the rest of the country are way past their sell-by date.

“I’ve been pushing hard to get key roadblocks removed, such as the Woodhead Pass between Sheffield and Manchester.

“In desperate need of modernisation, these roads are forever clogged up with traffic, often closed in bad weather, and just not built to deal with modern demands.

“To build a stronger, fitter economy in Britain, where every region can thrive, we need to change that – giving our regions’ most strategic roads the serious investment and attention they deserve.

“Past governments have done it for the South East. I want to do it for the rest of the country.”

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister

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Lanes closed on roundabout off M62 after serious collision

West Yorkshire Police say the A58 is now closed in both directions between Westfield Lane and Chain Bar roundabout due to the collision involving motorbike and van.

They say the male motorcyclist has serious injuries and has been taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

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