Roads: Safety

Department for Transport written question – answered on 4th December 2018.

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Photo of Karl Turner Karl Turner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he is taking to improve road safety on single carriageway roads on the strategic road network; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

England's strategic road network is one of the safest in the world, The Government is providing Highways England with £17.6 billion to improve, operate, and maintain England’s motorways and main A-roads between 2015 and 2020.

This investment supports the delivery of schemes to widen sections of some of our busiest single carriageway roads to dual carriageway standard. It also supports a range of measures to improve safety on remaining single carriageway roads, such as upgrades to junctions, better lay-bys, modernised roadside barriers, safer verges with improved run off protection, new technology, and improved road signing and markings. Budget 2018 announced £25.3 billion for strategic roads, funded by the National Roads Fund, between 2020 and 2025, and this will support continued work on improving road safety.

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