PAST: Congestion in Midlands eased
Around 90,000 motorists every day will benefit from eased congestion after two major new Midlands road schemes were given the go-ahead.
Improvements to the M1 J19 (A14) Catthorpe interchange, near Rugby, and A45/A46 Tollbar End junction, near Coventry, can now move to the next development stage.
With the Highways Agency now working with contractors on progressing and completing detailed designs for both schemes, construction should begin between January and March 2014.
Roads Minister Stephen Hammond, who gave the final all-clear, said: “It is great that we have been able to give the green-light for both of these important interchanges and they can now move a step closer towards construction.
“These improvements are vital for the economy, but most importantly for motorists in the Midlands, in reducing congestion levels and making journey times quicker in and around these two busy junctions.”
The decision to progress both schemes comes after the Department for Transport and the Department for Communities and Local Government accepted planning and environmental recommendations made by independent inspectors.
Reports outlining the recommendations for the M1 J19 (A14) Catthorpe interchange and the A45/A46 Tollbar End junction can be found on the Department for Transport’s website.
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