Competition has opened for English councils to bid for a share in a £490m fund aimed at improving congestions and upgrading local road systems.
The funding is part of the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF), announced in the Autumn Statement and represents a portion of the £23bn which the UK government has pledged to spend on: transport, digital communications, research and development and housing. £2.6 billion has been allocated to “tackle congestion and ensure the UK’s transport networks are fit for the future.” (Autumn Statement, 2016 page 2)
The competition will run until 30 June and the DfT will be engaging directly with councils, encouraging them to bid. The department said the first £185m tranche is already making a difference. It cited schemes in the North to improve roads in Blackpool, provide better access to the M65 near Blackburn, and improve the A483 and A55 for the expansion of Chester Business Park.
It added that said that in the South West it’s supporting infrastructure for growth and is likely to include a critical link in Bridgwater supporting construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station and housing development in south Bridgwater.
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