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Government guarantees roads spending

16/07/2013

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced details of a new policy paper entitled 'Action for roads: a network for the 21st century' that outlines new arrangements for the Highways Agency and commits to providing funding for roads.

Cumbria roads receive funding boost

08/08/2013

Roads in Cumbria that were damaged by devastating flooding in 2009 will be repaired after the Government announced that the county council is set to receive a further £7.2 million.

Crossing discount for local residents

12/09/2013

Local people who regularly use the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing will receive an improved discount.

£80m to tackle pinch points on local roads

27/09/2013

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced £80 million of further funding to remove bottlenecks from local roads.

Government rules out option B for Lower Thames Crossing

12/12/2013

The Government has dropped one of the options for a new Lower Thames crossing and will carry out further work on the remaining two.

Funding approved for road and rail projects

16/12/2013

The government has approved funding to tackle a number of congested local roads and improve key points on the strategic road network.

A453 widening progressing well

16/01/2014

A £150 million Highways Agency scheme to widen the A453 in the East Midlands is progressing well.

£5m needed to avert highways crisis in North Yorkshire

17/02/2014

A contribution of at least £5 million is needed to avert a crisis on the roads of North Yorkshire.

£140m funding boost for roads hit by bad weather

11/03/2014

An extra £140million is being made available by the government to help repair flood-damaged roads.

Staffordshire highways chief welcomes roads investment

12/03/2014

Staffordshire could benefit from extra government funding to tackle repairs on the county’s roads.

Councils receive share of roads repair funding

20/03/2014

Local authorities across England have been told how much funding they will receive to help repair flood-damaged roads.

Foreign hauliers to pay for using UK roads

01/04/2014

Foreign lorry drivers will be charged to use UK roads for the first time from today (1 April 2014).

Green light for Highways Agency reform

30/04/2014

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has approved wide-ranging reforms to the Highways Agency that will see it become a government-owned company in less than a year.

A5-M1 link road work to start

01/05/2014

Work will get underway this month on the A5-M1 link road improvement scheme.

IHE president responds to Highways Agency reform plans

14/05/2014

The president of the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) remains unconvinced by plans to turn the Highways Agency into a government-owned company. 

Government bans use of CCTV ‘spy cars’ for on-street parking enforcement

23/06/2014

The government is set to ban the use of CCTV ‘spy cars’ in an effort to rein-in over zealous parking enforcement practices.  

Green light for new smart motorways

08/07/2014

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has approved three new smart motorway schemes on the M1 and M3, but has rejected proposals to limit speeds to 60mph between 7am and 7pm seven days a week .

Vision for road network outlined

09/07/2014

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has outlined the government's vision for the road network and wants the industry to have the ‘right people, with the right skills’ to implement its £24bn investment plan.

Options for Lower Thames Crossing to be examined in detail

15/07/2014

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced that the government will undertake detailed planning of two possible locations for a new Lower Thames Crossing.

£10m transport boost will see roads fixed in Scilly

13/08/2014

Road repairs will be carried out as part of a £10 million package of transport improvement works on the Isles of Scilly.

Transport Secretary tours road sign factory

10/09/2014

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin was given a tour of the Royal British Legion Industries’ new road and rails sign printing facility earlier this week.

Details of £15bn roads programme revealed

01/12/2014

Details of a £15 billion roads investment strategy have been revealed by the government today (1 December 2014) ­– with 84 new road projects outlined.

£105m A11 dualling scheme completed

12/12/2014

A £105 million upgrade of the last remaining single carriageway section of the A11 to dual carriageway has been completed.

£6bn to be spent on local roads

29/12/2014

The government will spend £6 billion on tackling potholes and improving local roads between 2015 and 2021.

Call for integrated transport network in the north

13/01/2015

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has called for an integrated transport network for the north.

Transport Secretary visits Dartford Crossing

27/01/2015

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin visited the Dartford Crossing yesterday (26 January 2015) to see the new Dart Charge payment system in action.

New parking laws introduced

06/03/2015

Drivers will now get a 10-minute grace period before being given a parking ticket under new measures introduced by the government.

New headquarters for Highways England

19/03/2015

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has officially opened the new headquarters of Highways England – the government-owned company that will take over the running of England’s motorways and A-roads from 1 April 2015.

Twenty eight councils receive share of highways funding

24/03/2015

Twenty eight councils across England will receive a share of £275 million for major local roads maintenance after winning government funding.

Transport Secretary marks start of works on £56m A30 road scheme

24/03/2015

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin officially marked the start of work on a £56 million scheme that will see improvements made to the A30 in Cornwall.

Government forging ahead with northern transport strategy

01/06/2015

The government has confirmed that it will spend £13 billion on transforming transport in the north – including making major improvements to the A1, M62, M1 and A555 and looking at building a road tunnel under the Peak District.

£24m Lancashire bypass given green light

13/07/2015

Construction of the Broughton Bypass in Lancashire is due to start towards the end of this year after Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin confirmed orders allowing the county council to buy land needed for the scheme.

Blueprint for Northern Powerhouse to be unveiled

11/08/2015

The government is set to unveil a blueprint for how £13 billion of government investment in transport will help create the Northern Powerhouse today (11 August 2015).

Taskforce set up to remove pointless road signs

28/08/2015

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has set up a new taskforce to deal with pointless road signs.

Roadworks could be limited to two-mile stretches

23/09/2015

Stretches of roadworks on motorways and A-roads in England should be shortened in an effort to ease traffic congestion, the government has urged.

£40m to help rebuild flood hit roads in Cumbria and Lancashire

29/12/2015

The government will provide £40 million worth of funding to help repair flood-damaged roads and bridges in Cumbria and Lancashire.

New road safety measures revealed

04/01/2016

The Department for Transport has unveiled a raft of measures to improve the safety of Britain’s roads.

New £26.5m Crewe link road opens

04/01/2016

A new £26.5 million link road in Crewe has been officially opened.   

Councils facing fines of £5,000 a day for unmanned roadworks

27/01/2016

Councils and utility companies could face paying fines of up to £5,000 a day if roadworks are left unmanned at weekends.

Apprenticeship targets form part of transport and skills strategy

28/01/2016

Targets for the creation of new apprenticeships will be written into contracts as the government sets out to deliver on its ambition for 30,000 apprenticeships in the road and rail sector by 2020.

Work starts on A591 repairs

10/02/2016

Work to repair the storm-damaged A591 in Cumbria has started.

Transport Secretary visits Norfolk to see road schemes

07/03/2016

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin visited Norfolk last week and took a look at the early work being carried out on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NNDR).  

Council push for Lower Thames Crossing decision

16/03/2016

Essex County Council want the Secretary of State for Transport to make a decision on the new Lower Thames Crossing as soon as possible after public consultation on its proposed route options closes on 24 March.

DfT reveals details of £50m pothole funding allocation

07/04/2016

The Department for Transport (DfT) has set out how £50 million of funding will be spent on repairing almost one million potholes across the country over the next year.

A591 in Cumbria to reopen next month

11/04/2016

The storm-damaged A591 in Cumbria will reopen next month (May).

Storm-damaged A591 reopened

11/05/2016

The storm-damaged A591 in Cumbria was reopened today (Wednesday 11 May) – three weeks sooner than originally planned.

Transport Secretary sets out government plans

19/05/2016

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has set out the government’s plans for transport and infrastructure.

Transport Secretary: Investment in infrastructure remains key

28/06/2016

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says investment in infrastructure is now more important than ever.

Glaister to continue as ORR chair

30/06/2016

Stephen Glaister has been reappointed chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) until December 2017.

Proposed site for Operation Stack lorry park announced

06/07/2016

A major new lorry area will be built near Stanford in Kent to help ease the problems caused on the M20 and surrounding areas when Operation Stack is implemented.

McLoughlin opens £61m A1 upgrade

07/07/2016

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has officially opened a £61 million A1 upgrade near Gateshead today (7 July 2016).  

DfT consultation over development of automated cars

11/07/2016

The public are being invited to have their say on the use of automated cars on British roads as part of a Department for Transport (DfT) consultation.

Grayling replaces McLoughlin as Transport Secretary

14/07/2016

Chris Grayling is the government’s new Transport Secretary.

Former adviser to McLoughlin wants greater focus on roads

11/01/2017

A former special adviser to previous Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has admitted that the Government spent far too much time working on rail policy and “not enough on roads”.

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