Green light for £5m motorway schemes

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Road improvements have been announced to relieve congestion around busy motorway junctions in South Yorkshire.

Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin has revealed more than £5 million will be spent on the work at junction 33 of the M1, near Catcliffe, and on the M18 near Doncaster.

The junction 33 work involves widening the exit slip roads to three lanes and creating three lanes on the overbridge as well as widening to some connecting roads and roundabouts.

Work, costing £1.9 million, is intended to help cope with extra traffic from the advanced manufacturing park, Highfield commercial office campus, and Waverley township.

Meanwhile £3.5 million is to be spent on improvements to the M18 northbound between junction 2 with the A1(M) and junction 3 with White Rose Way and the Robin Hood Airport link.

A third lane will be introduced between the junctions, using the hard shoulder and part of the central reservation.

Both projects are due to start in 2014 and end in 2015.

The schemes are among 57 projects being funded across the country through a £217 million programme to remove bottlenecks.

Mr McLoughlin said: “These road improvements prove the Government’s determination to accelerate growth and cut congestion.

“Keeping traffic moving is vital to securing prosperity.

“By removing bottlenecks and improving access to local enterprise zones, key international trading ports and communities, these road schemes will help get people to and from work. They also have the potential to help deliver more than 300,000 new jobs and 150,000 new homes across the country.”