Roads: South East

Treasury written question – answered at on 6 November 2018.

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Photo of Ranil Jayawardena Ranil Jayawardena Conservative, North East Hampshire

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the potential economic merits of improving the Reading to Gatwick airport road corridor.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

The first Road Investment Strategy brought over £15bn of investment to England’s strategic roads between 2015-2020. This included a number of schemes improving many of the strategic road links on the Reading-Gatwick road corridor.

At Budget 2018, the Chancellor announced that the National Roads Fund will be £28.8 billion from 2020-2025. We expect £25.3 billion of this will fund the Roads Investment Strategy 2, which is the largest ever investment in England’s strategic roads.

HMT ministers and officials continue to work closely with their DfT counterparts to consider and monitor the delivery of specific investments as part of the Road Investment Strategy.

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