Highways England has launched two studies worth £1.5 million to investigate options to improve road transport in the north of England.
The studies will focus on improving east to west links between the M6 in Cumbria and the A1(M) in the north east, as well as options to ease congestion between Trafford and Bury on the M60 and M62.
A third study into the feasibility of a trans-Pennine tunnel was announced earlier this year and it is hoped that together the studies will contribute to the creation of the so-called Northern Powerhouse.
The studies were commissioned by the Department for Transport and Transport for the North (TfN) as part of the government’s Road Investment Strategy. A total of seven studies will be taking place across the country. All three northern studies are due to be completed by the end of 2016.
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