A MASSIVE £8 million road improvement scheme could cut congestion on one of the region’s busiest roads and help to create thousands of new jobs.
Chester’s Posthouse roundabout has been included in the government’s £217 million national programme to remove bottlenecks and keep traffic moving on motorways and major A roads.
Ministers believe the improvements – due to take place in 2014 – will reduce congestion and support the creation of 11,650 jobs and 1,770 homes by 2020.
The roundabout is a key gateway between England and Wales and links the 175-acre Chester Business Park as well as being a major route into the city from North East Wales.
However, commuters and residents are regularly forced to endure long rush-hour tailbacks and have raised safety concerns over the roundabout.
Chester MP Stephen Mosley said many residents were “at the end of their tether” with the roundabout earlier this year and has welcomed the investment in one of the city’s main road arteries.
He said: “I’m delighted the government has responded to my calls to improve the Posthouse roundabout.
“There is huge congestion at the roundabout at peak times, and this massive investment will help improve traffic flows and make it easier to get in and out of the city.”
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the improvements would be delivered by the Highways Agency and the scheme formed part of the government’s growth initiative outlined during by the chancellor George Osborne.
The A55 eastbound exit slip road will be widened together with parts of the roundabout carriageway and traffic signals are to be installed to the A483 southbound approach.
Mr McLoughlin said: “These £217 million road improvements prove the government’s determination to accelerate growth and cut congestion.
“Keeping traffic moving is vital to securing prosperity.
“By removing bottlenecks and improving access to local enterprise zones, key international trading ports and communities, these road schemes will help get people to and from work and power the economy.
“They also have the potential to help deliver more than 300,000 new jobs and 150,000 new homes.”
Major improvements are also planned for the M56 Daresbury junction and the M6 Sandbach junction with further projects to be announced next year.
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