Today the Government announced £1.4 billion worth of new investment in infrastructure across the South East, helping to deal with problems on the roads and thereby supporting growth and jobs in Croydon.
For years our roads have suffered from underinvestment, resulting in congestion and delays bringing misery to motorists and undermining potential growth for local business. The package the Government has announced today is the biggest investment in our roads in a generation and will upgrade major routes across the country, making life easier for both motorists and businesses.
The upgrade to the M25 will create four lanes throughout by the end of 2014 with improvements made to around 10 of the junctions on the M25. A major rebuilding of junction 10 will help to improve the least safe junction on the motorway network. Junction enhancements will also be made from junctions 11 to 16 with smart technology to improve capacity and ease congestion. Finally, a strategic study will be launched to look at long-term answers to conditions on the south-west quadrant of the M25 to make the route more effective for a generation to come.
This is very welcome news. Many Croydon business depend on our link to the motorway network and investment to tackle congestion was sorely needed.