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Safer Roads Fund

Britain has some of the safest roads in the world. Despite this, an average of 57 people are killed and seriously injured on England's roads every day.

In the Road Safety Statement, published in December 2015, the Department for Transport announced a raft of measures to make sure that road users are trained to have better skills and that those who flout traffic rules face tough penalties. Ensuing that our road network is inherently safer will complement these actions and make our roads safer for all users.

On 28 November 2016, the Secretary of State for Transport announced a £3 billion roads investment package, and set out how the £1.3 billion new roads funding that was announced by the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement would be used.

Of that additional funding, £175 million is targeted at upgrading 50 of England's local 'A' road sections based on the Road Safety Foundation's analysis of the country's major road network − published on 14 November 2016 − which highlighted where investment should be targeted.

The fund is specifically targeted at delivering road upgrades and improvements to reduce the number and severity of fatal and serious injury collisions on the 50 road sections based on the Road Safety Foundation's analysis.

The A57 Warrington Road between Junction 7 Rainhill Stoops roundabout and Warrington boundary received  this investment. The funding was made available in 2019/20 and works were completed in May 2021.