Government Announces Bridge And Road Upgrade Funding

Construction and engineering workers across the country will be busy fixing and upgrading a series of roads and bridges across England after the government announced four upgrade schemes.

A fund worth a combined £160.8 million will fund work on the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle and the adjacent central motorway, a new 3.85 mile link road between St Austell to the A30 in Cornwall, essential maintenance on the Redbridge Causeway over the River Test between Southampton and the New Forest, and a project to reduce congestion on the A34 between Stockport and Manchester.

The Newcastle, Cornwall and Manchester schemes will also be designed to create and enhance walking and cycling use in these areas.

While providing plenty of construction work for which JCB work clothes will be ideal to wear, the schemes are also intended to help drive over £650 million of local economic development, with better connectivity and opportunities for new housing, including 2,500 new homes and 33 hectares of new employment space in Stockport and Manchester.

Roads minister Baroness Vere said: “This £160.8 million investment will level up those opportunities from the North East to the South West, while giving motorists, cyclists and pedestrians the modern, safe and uncongested roads they deserve.”

The funding was also welcomed by National Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses Martin McTague, who said: “Our economic recovery relies on a solid transport system and this latest investment is a positive step in the right direction.”

While the Tyne Bridge may be the most iconic structure included in the series of projects, it is certainly not the only bridge that construction and engineering workers will be busy on over the next couple of years.

HS2 Ltd has released a video showing the stat of work on the Colne Valley viaduct in Hertfordshire, which when finished will be the largest rail bridge in the UK.

A 700-tonne bridge-building machine is helping construct the crossing, which will be 3.4km in length.