Motorways widened in £1bn scheme

A £1 billion plan for Britain's roads will include work to widen parts of the busiest motorways, it has been announced.

The Highways Agency also intends to instigate a "hard shoulder running" policy on some motorways, where motorists can use the hard shoulder in peak times, according to its 2009/10 business plan.

As part of the scheme, areas of the M25 between J16 and J23 in the Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire areas, and between J27 and J30 in Essex, will be widened.

Hard shoulder running will also be initiated on J8 and J10a of the M6 in the West Midlands, while there will be traffic management technology improvements on the A14 Felixstowe to M1 in East Anglia.

Highways Agency chief executive Graham Dalton said: "We now have a defined major roads programme for 2009/10 and beyond, which includes rolling out the innovative hard shoulder running and active traffic management schemes on key sections of our motorway network.

"This, in conjunction with conventional road improvement schemes, will deliver greater benefits for managing and operating the road network, making journeys more reliable and safer."

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