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The East of England is set to benefit from a significant £6.5 billion investment in its transportation infrastructure. This substantial funding injection is part of the UK government's Network North plan, redirecting savings from the High-Speed 2 (HS2) project to various transport initiatives across the country.

East Anglia, in particular, will see notable improvements, including:

  1. Ely North and Haughley Junctions Remodeling: This project will allow six additional freight trains daily to access the Port of Felixstowe, removing the equivalent of 98,000 lorry journeys from East Anglia's roads each year. Passenger services between Ely to King's Lynn and Ipswich to Peterborough will also double.

  2. Road Schemes: £610 million in funding will support the delivery of 39 road schemes across East Anglia, the South East, and South West. Thirteen of these projects, with a funding pot of £180 million, will be in the East of England.

  3. New Road Projects: An extra £1 billion fund is earmarked for new road schemes in the East, South West, and South East regions.

  4. Pothole Repair: A £2.8 billion roads resurfacing fund will tackle potholes causing issues for drivers across the East, South East, and South West of England.

  5. Affordable Bus Fare: The £2 bus fare will be preserved and extended until the end of December 2024, instead of increasing to £2.50 as planned, making public transportation more accessible.

This ambitious investment strategy underscores the government's commitment to enhancing infrastructure and connectivity across the UK. By reallocating HS2 savings, more communities stand to benefit from improved transportation networks, driving economic growth and job creation.

Read more: East of England to benefit from £6.5 billion transport investment - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)