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David Cameron: A1 "really key road" for the North East

David Cameron has described the A1 north of Newcastle as a "really key road" for the region.

The Prime Minister said it was one of the main "pinch points" in the country that he wants to benefit from new Government cash.

Speaking at business group the CBI's annual conference, he pledged to spend £15bn on improving Britain's roads between now and 2020.

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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
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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
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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.

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A1 to be upgraded with £15bn roads cash fund

A1 Northumberland. Credit: PA

The green light will be given to fund improvements on the A1 north of Newcastle, the Prime Minister will announce later.

The promised upgrades are part of £15bn of investment to tackle more than 100 'problem hotspots' on England's hotspots.

David Cameron will tell business leaders that 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.

Money will also be set aside to fund improvements on the A1 Western Bypass around Newcastle and Gateshead.

Mr Cameron will tell the Confederation of British Industry's (CBI) annual conference in London the plans for the "biggest, boldest and most far-reaching" upgrade to roads in a generation will be announced in next month's autumn statement.

He is expected to say: "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."

Firefighters to strike in countdown to Bonfire Night

Firefighters in Sunderland picket during a previous strike

Firefighters in the North East of England will begin a four-day strike this evening (Friday, 31st October) at 6pm.

The strike will end on the evening of Tuesday, 4th November - the day before Bonfire Night. It is part of a national ongoing dispute over their pensions.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has asked local people and businesses to take extra care to protect themselves and their families from the risks of fire.

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