South Derbyshire MP Calls on Residents to Help Improve Local Roads

Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire, is encouraging local residents to get involved with the Government’s drive to improve local roads.

The Department for Transport is consulting on its plans for a Major Road Network consisting of smaller routes, managed by local councils, but which are some of the most important for businesses, commuters and families. These roads account for 98% of the overall road network but Government statistics show that delays on these local A-roads are significantly longer than on those managed by Highways England.

The Government plans to make fresh funding available for improvements to reduce congestion, alleviate bottlenecks and support economic growth. Successful schemes would receive between £20 million and £100 million in additional money.

As part of its consultation, the Government has published its vision for the Network and is looking for local people to give their views on whether other roads should also be considered in its plans.

Commenting on the consultation, Heather Wheeler MP said:

“Two thirds of England’s journeys are made on local roads and it is great news that Government is making new money available to improve them.

By investing more locally we will see congestion reduced which will benefit everyone from businesses to those getting on with their day-to-day routine.

I would encourage everyone in South Derbyshire to have their say on what they feel the Government’s priorities should be when it comes to roads. I hope as many constituents as possible will use this link and get involved in the consultation.”

The consultation will run until 23rd March 2018 and is available below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/proposals-for-the-creation-of-a-major-road-network