The government has announced a freeze on fuel duty in today's autumn statement alongside a £15 billion investment into improving the capacity and condition of the nation’s roads.
Chancellor George Osbourne said fuel duty will remain frozen for the remainder of this parliament, saving the average motorist £11 every time they fill their tank, the government claims, resulting in a saving of £680 for the typical motorist by 2015-16.
The £15bn road investment scheme, entitled ‘Road Investment Strategy’ centres on more than 100 new road improvements schemes that will take place over this parliament and the next.
A total of more than 1300 new lane miles will be added via the schemes, which will address traffic black-spots such as the A303 at Stonehenge and the remaining single-lane sections of the A1.
The news was first announced to Parliament on Monday by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin and chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander.
McLoughlin said the plan is “the biggest, boldest and most far-reaching roads programme for decades. It will dramatically improve our road network and unlock Britain’s economic potential.