Transport Minister Robert Goodwill announced today that the sum was more than double the amount due to be spent this year.
More than 209 road schemes will either start, be ongoing or finish in 2014, accounting for a total English programme spend of £4.3bn, with £1.9bn spent in 2014 alone.
Over half of these total schemes are due for completion next year. But 2015 will see an even larger programme of improvement and investment on major roads, with spending rising to £3bn a year by 2020.
Schemes under construction next year include: 178 “pinch point” schemes to tackle local bottlenecks and 31 “major schemes” to dramatically improve key networks.
2014 major road schemes to start
- M4 J19-20 and M6 J5-8 near Birmingham
- A11 Fiveways to Thetford near Norwich
- M25 J23-27
- A45 and A46 Tollbar End
- M1 J19 improvements in the Midlands
- A23 Handcross to Warninglid near Crawley
- the M3 J2-4a in the South East
- A1 Leeming to Barton in the North of England
Alasdair Reisner, director of external affairs for the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, said: “Figures produced by the Department for Transport suggest that almost ten thousand jobs will be supported next year.
“This, if anything, is an underestimation of the wider benefits of infrastructure investment. CECA’s research has demonstrated that for every 1,000 jobs created in infrastructure construction, 3,000 are created in the wider economy due to increases in the demand for goods and services from industries in the supply chain.”