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West Midlands managed motorway scheme underway

West Midlands managed motorway scheme underway
The West Midlands is quickly becoming the home of managed motorway systems, as the region's fourth development recently got under way, according to the Highways Agency.

Construction of the £126 million scheme was unveiled by the organisation's chief executive Graham Dalton, and it aims to improve the driving conditions for motorists using the area. Officials announced that the capacity of the highway would be expanded between junctions five and eight in a bid to improve traffic flow around the Birmingham area, which can become notoriously congested in times of rush hour, with many commuters looking to get the city from the motorway.

It is expected to be completed in 2014 and is set to see the hard shoulder used as an extra traffic lane allowing more cars to join the motorway heading into Birmingham, as well as using variable speed limits to ease the amount of congestion that occurs in the area on a regular basis.

The scheme has been publicly backed by roads minister Mike Penning, who believes that it will help to significantly improve driving times around the country's second city, as well as delivering on the government's promise to create more managed motorways across the country.

On top of the widening programme, the scheme will incorporate the bypass over the M6, more commonly known as Spaghetti Junction, to make the UK's longest managed motorway system. The Highways Agency has revealed that junctions four and five will be connected with junction eight and 10a to create the extended stretch of road.

Mr Penning said: "Work starting here today shows the government is delivering on its promise to invest in transport - especially managed motorway schemes that have proven to reduce congestion, improve safety, and support economic growth. These types of projects continue to deliver results and provide more reliable, efficient transport links for motorists and businesses."

This latest project is just one of 20 major road improvements that the government is carrying out prior to March 2015 in a £2.1 billion that will help to not only improve Britain's roads but also boost the country's struggling economy.

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Date: 26/06/2012 16:42:34

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