Sunderland gets £5million to improve roads and beat congestion

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TRANSPORT chiefs will plough more than £5million into Wearside’s roads to help drive forward the economy.

Sunderland City Council has successfully applied for £2.6million to improve two junctions needed to support the development of the Sunderland low-carbon zone, just next to Washington’s Nissan plant, off the A19.

Work will start in May 2014 and support 13 construction jobs.

The Highways Agency will also spend more than £3million on widening the eastbound approach to the A19-A1231 Wessington Way junction and putting in better traffic signals to reduce delays and congestion.

Work is expected to start next February and support 15 jobs.

Durham County Council has bagged £3.1million to ease congestion at the A167 in Chester-le-Street between the junction with Park Road and junction 63 of the A1(M).

The cash is part of £64million pledged to the North East by Transport Minister Robert Goodwill today.

A total of 12 schemes in the region will either start or be completed in 2014.

Nationally, investment in 209 schemes totals £4.3 bn, £1.9 bn of which will be spent in 2014.

That’s more than twice the amount spent in 2013.