Boost for motorists as bumper £8.3bn from cancelled HS2 will instead be spent fixing up 5,000 miles of England's roads | The Sun

A BUMPER £8.3billion will be diverted from cancelled HS2 to fixing up 5,000 miles of England’s blighted roads.

PM Rishi Sunak said the 11-year funding plan was “unprecedented”.

The AA said it has received more than 450,000 callouts to pothole-related breakdowns this year — nearly a record.

Of the cash, £3.3billion will go the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humber, £2.2billion to the East and West Midlands, and £2.8billion in the East and South.

The Department for Transport said it is on top of £5.5billion announced for local roads maintenance from 2020-25.

Mr Sunak said: “Well-maintained road surfaces could save drivers up to £440 each in expensive repairs.



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“This unprecedented investment will pave the road for better and safer journeys for millions.”

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said drivers will see improvement straightaway.

The cost of bringing pothole-plagued roads up to scratch has been put at £14billion.

The AA’s Edmund King said the new cash will make a “considerable difference”.

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