Heather Wheeler MP welcomes £3 billion investment in roads across UK and South Derbyshire.

I welcome the Government’s recent announcement of £3 billion of investment on improving roads in a boost for motorists across the UK and in South Derbyshire.

The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP outlined the details of road improvements announced as part of the Autumn Statement, including:

•    £925 million to tackle congestion and provide upgrades on local roads
•    £175 million to improve the 50 most dangerous roads in the country
•    £220 million for Highways England to combat congestion
•    £8 million to fix around 152,000 potholes

This investment is great news for families and businesses in South Derbyshire who rely on our roads to get around. 

These schemes are focused on relieving congestion and providing important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future – helping people get from A to B quickly and safely.

The funding to fix potholes in our area will also be welcome news for local motorists, many of whom have expressed their frustration to me about the state of our roads. I’m encouraging the Labour run Derbyshire County Council to make full use of their funding allocation locally and to build on this generous Government investment of £1,462,000 to fix 27,600 potholes in Derbyshire.

Taken together, these measures will help towards building a stronger local economy by linking people with jobs, businesses with customers, ensuring a country that works for everyone.

(This was originally distributed as a Press Release to local media).