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East gets 1bn in road investment
Thames Gateway
An underpass supporting the Thames Gateway scheme is backed
More than 1bn is to be spent improving roads and public transport in the eastern region over the next decade.

The Department for Transport (Dft) has prioritised 25 schemes on the advice of the East of England Regional Assembly.

The projects include a 116.2m guided busway along a disused St Ives to Cambridge railway line which has been approved for work to begin.

A major improvement to the A130/A13 Sadlers Farm Junction, in Essex, was also allocated 63m DfT funding.

Funding over three years for schemes under way
A421 Great Barford Bypass
A11 Attleborough Bypass Improvement
A428 Caxton Common to Hardwick
Getting Northampton to work
A1198 Papworth Everard Bypass
Southend Major Transport Scheme on hold

The development is to support the growth and regeneration of the Thames Gateway.

The Department of Transport gave it the go-ahead to move to the development stage.

It will provide an underpass linking the A13 West to the A130 North.

Thursday's list includes schemes already under way, ones that are approved and currently in development and further schemes identified by the region, that the government will consider for approval in the future.

Funding over three years for schemes not yet under way
A421 Bedford to M1 Junction 13
Cambridgeshire Guided Busway
A127/A1159 Cuckoo Corner/Priory Crescent
Ridgmont Bypass and Woburn Link Road
Luton-Dunstable Translink
A1073 Spalding to Eye Improvement
Stowmarket B1115 Relief Road
A509 Isham Bypass
A43 Corby link road
A130/A13 Sadlers Farm Junction

Transport Minister Gillian Merron said regions have for the first time got a bigger say in which schemes are delivered locally.

A DfT statement said the process includes Highways Agency schemes on routes of regional importance and major local authority schemes that require central government funding.

It does not include schemes on motorway and trunk roads of national importance.

The Southend major local transport scheme which includes improvements to the A127/A1159 is currently under review following an increase in costs.

Approved schemes from 2009
A5 - M1 Link Road (aka Dunstable Northern Bypass)
A11 Fiveways to Thetford Improvement
A47 Blofield to North Burlingham Dualling
Luton Town Centre Redevelopments
Watford Junction

A decision, however, not to dual the Acle Straight in Norfolk which has seen a number of fatalities over the last few years has been criticised by safety campaigners.

Instead, the Highways Agency is going to resurface the stretch of the A47, and install safety cameras.

The three schemes for Northamptonshire are in the jurisdiction of the East Midlands Development Agency.

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