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Details of £2 billion roads plan for the East of England

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Highways England is meeting with suppliers and stakeholders to set out how more than £2 billion of government investment to improve the capacity and condition of roads across the East of England will be delivered.

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The investment will see improvements and repairs taking place between now and 2021, giving road users simpler, faster and more reliable journeys. It will also boost the area’s economy and help to bring the country closer together.

The work is part of the government’s "Road Investment Strategy" to triple levels of spending on England’s roads by the end of the decade, which was announced last year.

Highways England, the government-owned company which was set up earlier this year, is detailing its plans for the East of England region at two events at Wyboston Lakes, Bedford and the Grange Hotel, Bury St Edmunds this week.

Highways England East Divisional director Catherine Brookes, added: "It’s vital that we continue to improve the existing road network which is why we’re also investing millions of pounds on resurfacing, safety barriers and other maintenance projects across the whole Eastern region.

"We’ll be spending more than £81 million this year alone on maintenance and smaller scale improvement schemes. Motorways and trunk roads form the backbone of the region’s economy and this huge investment will ensure they remain healthy for many years to come, as well as improve safety and journey reliability.

And because our roads aren’t just about cars and lorries, we’re also investing £4 million in the East to improve facilities for cyclists."

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