Motorists travelling to Manchester Airport and on the A1 in Northumberland are set to benefit after an announcement that £186 million is to be spent on two major road schemes.
Announced by Chancellor George Osborne the move will see the Department for Transport provide £165 million worth of funding for a new road linking Manchester Airport to the A6.
Meanwhile, the Government will invest a further £21 million to enable work on the 2.4-mile Morpeth Northern Bypass to start.
The final section of the A1-South East Northumberland link road will cut congestion in Morpeth and make it easier for motorists to reach new developments in the area and nearby towns such as Blyth and Ashington.
Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, says the schemes will help motorists and residents in Northumberland, south Manchester and north Cheshire while boosting economic growth and creating new jobs.
He says the investment forms part of the government's long-term drive to provide the UK with a "world-class" transport network.
Copyright Press Association 2015