A1(M) upgrade announced as part of £15bn road investment revamp

The A1(M) will be upgraded

The A1(M) will be upgraded - Credit: Archant

A stretch of the A1(M) running from Welwyn to Stevenage will be upgraded to three lanes in a bid to ease traffic congestion, the government has announced today.

Junction 6 for Welwyn north through to Junction 8 for Stevenage will be widened from two lanes to three in some sections, with motorists also able to use the hard shoulder under a ‘smart motorway’ scheme.

The work has been announced as part of the Autumn Statement plans to spent £15bn on road improvements throughout the country

In total the east of England will benefit from 15 new schemes worth around £1.5 billion, creating an estimated 1,000 construction jobs.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, said: “I promised when I was in the east of England that we would address this area’s economic needs for the future.

“Our long term economic plan means today we can invest £1.5 billion into the region’s infrastructure to improve, repair and expand our roads.

“Our plans will transform some of the country’s most important strategic routes.”

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