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The Deputy Prime Minister is launching major roads upgrades as the government invests in more than 100 new road schemes across the country.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is visiting the A303 at Stonehenge in Wiltshire and the Woodhead Pass across the Pennines today (1 December 2014) to launch the biggest upgrade to Britain’s roads in a generation.
The Deputy Prime Minister said:
For too long, our road network has been a source of frustration, not growth. There are whole regions of our country that are unable to reach their full potential, let alone get to work on time, because the essential routes that link them to the rest of the country are way past their sell-by date.
I’ve been pushing hard to get key roadblocks removed, especially for the A303 in the South West, the A1 north of Newcastle and the Woodhead Pass between Sheffield and Manchester.
In desperate need of modernisation, these roads are forever clogged up with traffic, often closed in bad weather, and just not built to deal with modern demands.
To build a stronger, fitter economy in Britain, where every region can thrive, we need to change that – giving our regions’ most strategic roads the serious investment and attention they deserve.
“Past governments have done it for the south-east; I want to do it for the rest of the country.