First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
A £150million (€179.43million) government scheme to reduce crashes and congestion at a notorious UK motorway junction has been welcomed by highways building material specialists Lafarge.
Work at the Catthorpe Interchange, the meeting point of the M1, M6 and A14 on the border of Counties Leicestershire/Warwickshire, is part of a wider £1billion (€1.19billion) of investment in the Highways Agency’s infrastructure programme over the next three years.
Shaun Davidson, managing director of asphalt and contracting for Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK, said: “Catthorpe has long been a problem for motorists both from a safety point of view and because of regular tailbacks so this announcement is really good news.
“Ensuring a more efficient flow through of traffic will be a boon for business both locally and across the country as this is an important section of the motorway network. Drivers will also be safer.
“A more immediate benefit will be to contractors and materials suppliers, like us, who will be able to tender for involvement in the scheme and, if successful, be able to secure jobs and boost their own business.”
Roads Minister Mike Penning said: “The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement confirmed how important an efficient transport network is to driving economic growth in this country, whether by getting staff to work, suppliers to business or goods to market.”
A public inquiry into the Catthorpe Interchange scheme must be held before a start date for work can be set.