Cash boost for road improvements

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FUNDING for two South Yorkshire road schemes costing £5.4 million has been announced today.

The Government is to pay for improvements at junction 33 of the M1 at Catcliffe and between junctions 2 and 3 of the northbound M18 in Doncaster.

The schemes are aimed at removing bottlenecks and keeping traffic moving.

At junction 33 of the M1 exit slip roads will be widened to ease congestion, three lanes will be created on the overbridge, and some local connecting roads and roundabouts will be widened.

On the M18, to reduce congestion and improve safety, an extra lane will be created at junction 2 using the hard shoulder and part of the central reserve.

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

“Keeping traffic moving is vital to securing prosperity.

“These road schemes will help get people to and from work and power the economy.”

The projects should be completed by March 2015.