Three major road improvement programmes are expected to generate hundreds of new jobs and homes across Yorkshire and the North East, Highways England has announced.
In Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Junction 47 of the A1(M) will be substantially improved; boosting capacity along the region’s road network and shortening journey times, while generating new jobs at the proposed Flaxby Green Business Park.
Meanwhile, improved access from the A19 to the new International Advanced Manufacturing Park and Nissan Plant in Sunderland will be among a raft of regional upgrades with a collective worth of £82 million. A third scheme, also in Sunderland, will remedy a bottleneck at the A19 and A690 Doxford Park Junction, unlocking a potential 1,345 new homes in the process.
Richard Marshall, Highways England’s Regional Director of Operations for Yorkshire and North East, said: “Our roads are vital for the country and its economic success; they connect businesses and communities and support employment and new homes. All of our improvements will ultimately ensure our roads continue to improve journeys and unlock the potential for new jobs and homes.”
These key improvements in Sunderland and Harrogate, which total £2 million, are being paid for as part of a dedicated Highways England fund to foster local growth and help get housing schemes get off the ground. The £100 million fund has already allocated over £77 million to communities across the country, upgrading junctions and improving access to commercial land and much-needed homes.
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