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01/12/2014
Road investment boosts economy

The Black Country LEP welcomed today’s announcement of the Government’s Road Investment Strategy which confirmed funding for the following projects:

  • M6: Junction 10 (Walsall): reducing congestion by providing additional capacity at the junction, including the replacement of both bridges allowing the widening of the roundabout to four lanes. As outlined in the Black Country Growth deal this will improve access to the Black Country Enterprise Zone sites at Darlaston. This is a £65m scheme part funded from Local Growth Fund and the Highways Agency.
  • Major improvements to M42 Junction 6, providing better access to Birmingham, and Coventry, supporting Birmingham airport and the NEC and providing capacity for the expected HS2 station.
Both of these junction projects will assist Black Country businesses in the industrial heart of the UK, to get their products to customers and suppliers in the Midlands and beyond.
 
Tom Westley, Black Country LEP Board member leading on the Enterprise Zone said:
"Today’s road investment strategy announcement for Junction 10 of the M6 is great news as it will make a major contribution to reducing congestion and improving traffic flow, across and onto the M6 at one of the country’s busiest junctions. This will support the development of the Black Country Enterprise Zone’s Darlaston sites which aim to create over 2,000 new jobs and the construction of 2,500 new homes within a few miles of the Junction.”
 
Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, said:
"I promised when I was in the Midlands that we would address this area’s economic needs for the future. Our long term-economic plan means today we can invest £1.4 billion into the region’s infrastructure to improve, repair and expand our roads. Our plans will transform some of the country’s most important strategic routes. Ambitious projects, such as the expansion of the M6, M1 and M42, as well as spending on important local infrastructure will boost productivity and help the local economy of the Midlands.”

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