The Eastern region has the highest life expectancy in England, according to a study published in The Lancet medical journal.
Men in affluent areas of the East of England can expect to live to an average age of 83, eight years longer than men in deprived areas of the North West.
Women in the least deprived areas live to an average of 85 compared to 79 in the most deprived areas, the study has found.
Despite large health inequalities, England has overtaken many western countries, such as Norway, Canada, France, the Netherlands and Spain, for average life expectancy of men.
Each region in England has seen a rise of at least six years in life expectancy, which is largely down to a fall in cardiovascular disease and cancer deaths.
Across England people are expected to live to an average of 81 compared to 75 in 1990.
The study was co-authored by Professor Rupert Bourne of Anglia Ruskin University. It was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Public Health England.
"It is clear from this research that great strides have been made over the past 25 years in healthcare and this is having an impact on life expectancy all over the country.
“We’re now seeing fewer people dying from cancer and heart disease, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the four biggest causes of death. Even safer roads have had a significant impact – road accidents were the 14th biggest cause of death in 1990 but 29th in 2013.
“The gap between rich and poor still remains and is a concern that needs to be addressed by government. In poorer areas there are higher instances of death from mental and substance use disorders which can also be linked to social factors.”
A £600,000 study is being launched on how to improve the A1 in the East of England,
Highways England has appointed the engineering firm Arup to carry out the study into improving the A1 from its junction with the M25 to Peterborough, particularly the non-motorway section linking the two parts of the A1(M) to motorway standard.
Arup will review the existing evidence and prepare a case to consider further investment on the A1.
The study is due to be completed by the end of 2016.
It forms part of the Department for Transport's Road Investment Strategy.
It is one of six studies taking place that will look at the the biggest challenges facing the strategic road network in England.
“As part of our long-term economic plan, we are investing over £2 billion on major road improvements in the East of England. Today’s announcement will mean better transport links and more job opportunities for hardworking families across the region.”
“This study could lead to major benefits across the East and I’m pleased we’ve now reached the stage where we can appoint a specialist company to assess the feasibility and start the process.
“The A1 is one of our oldest trunk roads, and also one of the least consistent. This study will examine what could be done to improve the road to motorway standard and bring consistency to the southern section of the route.”
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