Minister visits roads scheme

Roads minister Robert Goodwill will visit the Midlands today to view progress on developing the M6 J5-8 smart motorway scheme. He will announce that over 9,500 construction jobs will be supported in the UK in 2014.

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Midlands could lead the way on roads management

Motorway schemes in the Midlands could be the future of road network management in the future, a roads minister said today.

Speaking to ITV News Central, project manager Rob Edwards said: "We're doing extra resurfacing work so that we won't have to involve traffic management and narrow lanes for a long period after we finish this project.

"And that's going to be the emphasis on the way we manage the networks in the future."

£50bn to be invested in roads over the next 15 years

Roads minister Robert Goodwill said today that motorway schemes, like the one used to relieve traffic on the M6 in the Midlands, could be rolled out "more and more across the country".

Speaking to ITV News Central he said: "The main thing is to keep the traffic flowing and this system does keep the traffic flowing, it's much cheaper than having to put extra lanes on motorways."

He added: "Over the next 15 years we are going to invest £50 billion in road schemes."

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Roads minister to visit M6 motorway scheme

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill will visit the Midlands today to view progress on developing the M6 J5-8 smart motorway scheme.

Heavy traffic on junction 8 on the M6 Credit: David Jones/PA Archive

The project, which aims to reduce congestion between junctions 5 and 8 on the M6, has created 600 jobs.

Construction on the £115 million smart motorway M6 scheme started in April 2012 and it is due for completion in spring 2014.

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