The government has announced £854m in funding for 21 transport schemes across England. It said £82.6m would help fund a bridge across the River Wear in Sunderland and £76.2m would go towards an extension of the Metropolitan Tube line to Watford.
BBC informs today, that a northern distributor road in Norwich was also granted £86.5m but is dependent on sustainable transport measures being agreed. Many of the projects will require local councils to provide additional funding. The funding is in addition to £574m announced for 20 projects in the Autumn Statement in November. The new River Wear crossing will become England’s tallest bridge. It will be 590ft (180m) high and 1,102ft (336m) long and will link Wessington Way on the north side of the river to Pallion New Road on the south. Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson said it was “great news for Sunderland and the wider region”.
Transport Secretary Justine Greening said the transport schemes would “strengthen local economies”. “Almost all journeys begin and end on local authority networks, which provide the crucial links that allow people and businesses to prosper,” she said. “We are investing in schemes that will provide better access to jobs and services, reduce congestion and enable more goods to move more easily around our country.”