DfT to spend £75m tackling bottlenecks

Three large transport improvement schemes moved closer to being delivered today with funding approval from the Department for Transport.

DfT will invest up to £19.3m in the long overdue widening of Edge Lane in Liverpool to tackle congestion and improve journey times.

This will complete the upgrade of the east-west highway into the city of Liverpool from the M62. Main construction work on Edge Lane West is due to commence shortly with the scheme expected to be completed by March 2012.

The department will also invest £18.6m in a programme of maintenance for the Silver Jubilee Bridge linking Runcorn and Widnes on the way in and out of Liverpool. The Government said the funding, combined with £14.3m of funding already provided in 2007, will help ensure the bridge upgrade can continue and be completed on schedule.

However, road works will continue on the already congested bridge until 2016.

A contribution of £21.99m will go towards the Crewe Green Link Road South – a 0.68-mile route between the A500 Hough-Shavington Bypass and the A5020 Weston Gate Roundabout. The scheme is aimed at improving journey times to Crewe town centre and supporting major economic growth in Basford, as well as improving access to other development sites in the south east of Crewe.

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