The next year will see a major package of road improvements in the south east.
Motorways and major A roads including the M25, M27, M3, M4, A27 and A31 will all benefit from these planned enhancements, with road resurfacing, bridge joint replacements, the creation of cycle lanes, improved signage and landscaping all set to take place.
In total, Highways England will invest £140 million into more than 650 schemes across the home counties, south coast and the M25.
Highways England’s regional director for the South East, Nicola Bell said: “Keeping our roads in good condition is essential for safety and in ensuring the reliability of journeys for drivers. This multi-million-pound investment will help keep journeys on our motorways and A roads flowing and reduce the risk of unplanned, disruptive maintenance.
“Over the next 12 months, we’ll be working hard to ensure drivers throughout the South East enjoy a smoother experience while travelling on our roads.”
Highways England have begun work on a comprehensive improvements and maintenance programme, with schemes including: major resurfacing on the A3, A34, M4 (junction 13), M20 (between junctions 3 and 4), M20 (junction 11), M2 (between junctions 3 and 4), M2 (between junctions 5 and 6), A27 around Arundel and the A23 interchange.
Other schemes also planned is the A27 Southwick and A20 Roundhill Tunnels: upgrading the ventilation and CCTV systems, the M25 junction improvements: at junction 23 in Hertfordshire and junction 13 in Surrey A13: where new remotely operated electronic signs on the A13 near M25 junction will be installed.
This latest investment into the regions roads follows on from last year’s essential maintenance programme which saw Highways England pump £60 million into the completion of 140 road renewal and maintenance projects.
Throughout last year, Highways England said it resurfaced up to 220 miles of road surface across the South East – equivalent to twice around the M25. To enhance safety on the network a further 155,000 road studs were set into the region’s roads, helping to light up the way for drivers.