£30 million to improve road safety for HS2 communities

As part of National Road Safety Week, the Department for Transport has announced £30 million of funding for towns and villages along the route of the new High Speed Two railway to help improve road and cycle safety.

13 areas along the Phase One route of the new rail line between London and the West Midlands will benefit from the funding, with measures such as traffic calming measures, safer pedestrian crossings or safer junctions for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers likely to be introduced.

Once local authorities have agreed plans for projects, they will agree the release of funds with HS2 Ltd. Authorities must ensure that improvements made leave a lasting legacy of road safety.

Paul Maynard, HS2 Minister, said: “This significant investment will mean a legacy of road and cycle safety improvements for people who live and work along the HS2 route between London and the West Midlands. HS2 will become the backbone of our national rail network – supporting growth and regeneration and helping us build a Britain fit for the future. As part of Europe’s biggest infrastructure project, we are minimising the effects of building the new railway as much as possible. This money will see areas up and down the route benefit from high quality road and cycle safety projects to ensure that England’s roads remain among the safest in the world.”

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