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Cameron promises biggest road improvement programme since the 1970s

David Cameron has promised the biggest road improvement project since the 1970s after announcing £15bn will be invested into Britain's road network.

The Prime Minister said "pinch points" on stretches of the A1 north of Newcastle, the A47 in the east of England, the A27 on the south coast, and roads across the Pennines would all be among those due to receive funding for improvements.

Cameron pledges £15bn for 100 road projects

The Prime Minister has pledged to spend £15bn on improving Britain's roads between now and 2020.

Speaking at the CBI's annual conference today David Cameron said up to 100 new road schemes could start work in the next few years as key roads such as the A303 in the West of England, the A1 north of Newcastle, the A47 in the East of England and roads that crossed the Pennines all got improvements.

He said: "We are now not only spending as much on rail as any government since Victorian times but on roads we are now spending more than any government since the big expansion of the 1970s."

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Cameron's 'road revolution' will 'trash' environment

Areas of protected countryside will be "trashed" by a £15bn "road revolution" the government is expected to formally announce in the Autumn Statement, transport campaigners have warned.

Chris Todd, roads campaigner at the Campaign for Better Transport, said:

The road building schemes the Government is so keen to talk up will trash protected areas and do nothing for the economy.

It makes no sense to spend billions ploughing more lanes of traffic through our National Parks or desecrating irreplaceable historic sites like Stonehenge.

These schemes will make people more dependent than ever on their cars, place greater costs on the NHS, while failing to tackle problems like the massive backlog of pot holes blighting local roads.

– Chris Todd

PM: UK's future relies on 'world-class infrastructure'

Potential projects include tunnelling under Stonehenge. Credit: PA

The UK needs "world-class infrastructure" if it is to secure its future, the Prime Minister will say when he signals plans for major structural changes to some of Britain's busiest roads.

David Cameron is expected to signal a £15bn lifeline to Britain's congested roads, which will be detailed in next month's Autumn Statement.

In a speech to the CBI's annual conference, Mr Cameron will say:

And I can tell you this today: in three weeks' time you will see an autumn statement where we choose the future again. At its heart is the biggest, boldest and most far-reaching road improvement programme in four decades: over 100 improvements to our major roads.

Hundreds of extra lane miles on our motorways and trunk roads. The green light given to major projects that have been stalled for years. Action to improve some of the most important arteries in our country - like the A303 and the A1 - which for too long have held parts of our country back. And all underpinned by over £15bn worth of investment.

This will be nothing less than a roads revolution - one which will lead to quicker journey times, more jobs, and businesses boosted right across the country.

– David Cameron

PM: '£15BN cash injection' for UK's worst roads

Britain's worst roads will get a £15bn makeover after David Cameron announces a huge cash boost to tackle congestion on motorways, trunk and A roads in a speech to business leaders later today.

David Cameron Credit: PA

The Prime Minister will tell the Confederation of British Industry's (CBI) hundreds of extra lane miles will be created on motorways and trunk roads as part of a "roads revolution" that will speed up journey times.

The PM believes the project will be the "biggest, boldest and most far-reaching" upgrade to the UK's road network in a generation after details are announced in next month's Autumn Statement.

Among plans considered by the Government are proposals to build under Stonehenge to help ease congestion on the A303.

Work on stretches of the A1 round Newcastle, roads across the Pennines, the A47 in the east of England and the A27 on the south coast are also in line for funding.

Britain's neglected roads have been slowly getting worse - a survey from the Asphalt Industry Alliance in April revealed it would cost at least £12bn to get roads in England and Wales back to a "reasonable" condition.

However, in 2013 that cost was estimated at £10.5bn.

Transport Secretary: 'Potholes are the bane of our lives'

Among councils to get an extra slice of money set aside to mend potholes is Northamptonshire, which will get £3.3 million after it set up systems to track pothole repairs in real time, allowing it to deploy teams and co-ordinate work more effectively.

Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced today is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace.

But it is only one part of a massive programme of investment to get our country up to speed as part of this government's long term economic plan.

By building, repairing and renewing our key infrastructure we will ensure the future growth and prosperity of this country.

– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

Hampshire, where new pothole-fixing equipment can be converted to salt icy roads in winter, gets around £6 million, while Lancashire will receive £4.9 million.

Some £10 million is also earmarked for London, the Department for Transport said. The money must be used to repair potholes or ensure that they do not appear in the first place. Councils will also have to publish updates on works every three months, and all work has to be completed by March 2015.

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£168 million set aside to mend potholes on UK roads

A greater share of a multi-million pound fund being set aside to repair the country's potholes is to be handed to England's "model" councils.

More than three million potholes will be filled in by March next year as part of the biggest investment in roads since the 1970s.

£168 million set aside to mend potholes on UK roads. Credit: PA

The Government has set aside £168 million to mend the nation's broken roads, spread across 148 councils. Coucils will get a share, but extra will be given to those demonstrating "best practice in highways maintenance", including bringing in specialist machinery or setting up dedicated repair teams.

Traffic lights to stay red for longer to assist pensioners

Traffic lights will stay red for longer to enable the UK's growing number of pensioners time to cross the road, the Telegraph reports.

The government is reviewing crossing times across the country. Credit: PA Wire

Transport minister Robert Goodwill said more crossing systems will in future include sensors so that the traffic lights stay red for longer if someone is taking a long time to cross the street.

Officials are also considering plans for Transport for London for a new type of crossing that detects how many people are waiting on the pavement in order to determine how long traffic needs to be stopped for. A Government source told the Telegraph:

“It is right that we look at how we can use better technology to make crossing safer - particularly for some elderly or vulnerable pedestrians who may welcome slightly more crossing time.”

Councils 'trapped in an endless cycle of road repairs'

The Local Government Association says today's report on the rising cost of road repairs shows the severe difficulties councils face maintaining the road network.

Keeping our roads safe is one of the most important jobs councils do and they have worked hard to fix another 2 million potholes this year despite deep funding cuts and multi-million pound compensation costs for pothole damage.

The Government has responded to our calls for extra funding to repair our roads in recent months but it is simply not enough to free councils trapped in an endless cycle of only being able to patch up our deteriorating network. This will always be more expensive than longer-term preventative work.

Drivers angry over potholes on Britain's roads

A new report estimates the "catch-up" cost of repairing potholes and getting the local road network back into reasonable condition has risen to £12 billion.

Visitors to ITV News' Facebook page have been sharing their experiences of pothole damage.

Countless tyre damage due to potholes. Bumpy awful journeys. The roads are in a dreadful condition, even motorways. Very dangerous at high speed. About time the government spent the money in the right places!

– Carole Mallett

I stopped counting the potholes in one road the other day! Got fed up!

It's shocking.

– Eve Van Eyk

I hit a pothole and it destroyed my inner wheel. As they were custom-made I couldn't afford to fix them so had to sell the car.

– Cheryl Young

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