he project began in spring 2012 and was designed to reduce congestion, particularly at peak intervals, and improve traffic flows for up to 35,000 vehicles using the road each day. As well as the installation of a section 1.5km of dual carriageway Jackson also reconfigured four roundabouts and constructed lengths of new footpath/ cycleway.Construction began in Spring 2012, and was unfortunately dogged by poor weather conditions throughout both the Summer and Winter months. Despite the bad weather, the project was completed without delay.
Mr McLoughlin said: "First and foremost I'd like to congratulate Jackson for doing such a great job. Schemes like this were part of the case I made to the Chancellor for the local pinch-point funding, which is £70m this year, and £100m next year. They can be delivered very quickly, and make a huge impact, so for a £10m total spend here, we've improved one of the key traffic arteries in this area.
"These types of programmes show the Government's commitment to improving people's lives and giving our regional economies a real boost."
Adam Tuke, Contracts Director at Jackson Civil Engineering said: "We are really proud to have delivered this scheme on time, despite battling with the weather over the past 12 months. It's also reassuring to hear that the Government is taking investment in the UK's infrastructure seriously, not only because it boosts local economies, but also because it provides a boost to the construction industry in these difficult economic times."