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Sajid Javid announces infrastructure revolution to make UK ‘better place to live’

Wednesday October 2nd, 2019

SAJID Javid will today promise an “infrastructure revolution” to build more roads, revive local bus services and build a digital communications network fit for the 21st century.united_kingdom

In his keynote speech to the Tory conference in Manchester, the Chancellor will announce the first 14 new schemes and major improvements for existing routes from a £25billion Government fund for the roads and motorways. He will also promise £5billion for rolling out “full fibre” broadband and the 5G mobile phone network.

Mr Javid is to detail the first projects as part of a £25billion cash injection for the country’s road over the next five years.

New schemes will include work to complete the dualling of the A66 Trans-Pennine expressway from Scotch Corner to Penrith and the A46 Newark bypass.

Among other schemes will be improvements to the M60 Simister Island interchange in Manchester and construction work on the A428 in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.

Setting out details of the Government’s new national bus strategy, he will announce an expansion low-emission buses and plans for the country’s first ever “all electric bus town”.

And turning to the information superhighway, he will commit £5billion to improve broadband and mobile connectivity in the 20% poorest-served parts of the country.

Mr Javid’s road improvement package will also include £31million towards the Preston Western Distributor dual carriageway, improving access between the M55 and the Enterprise Zone at Warton, which will ease congestion in Preston and help thousands of new homes to be built.

He will offer £50 million to develop one or two “all-electric bus” towns or cities and make more information available to app developers so that fares and location data on buses nationwide will be available to passengers online.

The Chancellor also wants better information available to passengers at bus stops and plans to work with operators to ensure that all buses accept contactless payments.

Mr Javid will say the move will make life easier for families and boost productivity for businesses, leading to rising living standards for all.

In his speech, Mr Javid will say:

“The truth is, successive governments failed to invest enough for the long-term.

 

“We’ve started to put that right, but we can do more – a lot more.

 

“This Government is going to build Britain’s future, and bring in a new infrastructure revolution.

 

“Infrastructure is the foundation of everything – it’s the new road that connects local communities, the bus you need to get to school and the broadband that helps your small business trade around the world.

 

“The full benefits of our infrastructure revolution may not be felt for some time. But the work must start here and now.”

 

Ahead of his speech, Mr Javid last night said:

“Investment in our infrastructure will be key to making the next decade one of renewal – boosting our economy and making life easier for people all across the country.

“That’s why I am announcing new investment in roads, bus services, and broadband today: the first step in our plans to deliver an infrastructure revolution.

“This new multi-billion pound investment to deliver gigabit-capable broadband for all the UK and investment in roads and buses will help people to get around and businesses to grow, ensuring no community is left behind.

“This will make the UK a better place to live and work, extending opportunity and raising living standards for all.”

Commenting on the roll-out of communications networks, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “Our rural communities are a thriving hotbed of industry and technology and for them resilient digital connectivity is vital.

“I am delighted that we will invest £5billion to bring gigabit-capable broadband to those hard-to-reach parts of the UK ensuring that rural areas are not left behind.

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