Strategic Road Network

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd November 2018.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough 12:00 am, 22nd November 2018

What steps he is taking to improve the strategic road network.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Secretary of State for Transport

The Government have a massive investment programme taking place in our strategic road network, where we have just announced £25.3 billion for Highways England for the next road investment period. We are also committed to a substantial investment in the major road network, the next tier down of roads, and indeed in large local major roads, where some important connecting projects are needed around the country.

Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

The A6 in Kibworth in my constituency has a major problem with air quality and congestion every morning. Will the Secretary of State look closely, as part of plans for the major route network, at proposals from Leicestershire to solve that serious problem?

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Secretary of State for Transport

I hope the major road network fund will enable us to deal with problems such as the one my hon. Friend has identified. The A6 is one of the roads I expect to be eligible for that funding. I am pleased that we are moving ahead with that and particularly pleased with the first schemes we announced. We are doing what the Labour party never did, which is looking after Barrow-in-Furness and finally get rid of the Grizebeck bottleneck on the A595. That is the kind of thing Conservatives do for the north and Labour never did.