Millions to improve roads and boost connections across Yorkshire

Millions to improve roads and boost connections across Yorkshire

Published by May Norman at 9:25am 15th May 2020.

Government cash to help improve roads, bridges and potholes

  • Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians beginning to return to streets across Yorkshire are set to benefit from a multi-million pound investment to make journeys quicker, smoother and safe.
  • The cash will be used to improve roads, repair bridges and fill in potholes.
  • North Yorkshire is getting £52m whilst West Yorkshire council's - including Leeds - will get a share of £63m.

North and West Yorkshire is to receive a share of £1.7bn to improve journeys for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.

It's all part of a £1.7 billion Transport Infrastructure Investment Fund which will help every area in England outside London to improve its roads, repair bridges and fill in millions of potholes.

The package will target around 1.3 million nuisance potholes across Yorkshire and the Humber alone.

Pothole. North Yorkshire set to receive more the £3million to go towards road repairs

The cash will also see smaller improvements completed to upgrade local networks, such as enhancing road safety at key locations, the installation of priority bus lanes and the creation of projects to help lock in improvements in air quality experienced during lockdown.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said:

“It is vital that we continue to stay at home and only travel when it is essential to do so, but as people slowly begin to return to our roads over the coming weeks and months, we want to ensure they are in the best shape possible.

“The funding we are allocating will help make journeys smoother, quicker and safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.”

Road ahead closed - sign for roadworks
Essential repairs will be carried out

The £1.7 billion is being automatically allocated based on the length of local authorities’ roads, helping to reduce pressures on staff at this crucial time by removing the need to apply manually for funding.

This comes after the Transport Secretary last week announced £2bn in funding to boost more sustainable greener travel and encourage more people to begin cycling and walking.