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Government to discuss plans to extend the M11 all the way up to Yorkshire and Hull

The Government has announced it will decide on plans to extend the M11 all the way up to Yorkshire and Hull, next year.

Last year the Department for Transport (DfT) said it was looking to revise plans first muted in the 1980s to extend the motorway from Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire up to Yorkshire.

Today (November 9) Hull Live report a Treasury minister has confirmed 'M11 extension proposals' will be one of the projects being considered for a cash injection.

It comes as a £25 billion major roads fund was announced in the Budget last week.

Robert Jenrick, exchequer secretary to the Treasury and MP for Newark in Lincolnshire, told Hull Live a decision will be made "in the first half of next year".

The DfT also told Hull Live it is looking at whether the A46 – which joins the A1 at Newark – could be extended to the Humber Bridge or, alternatively, whether the A16, which connects Grimsby and Peterborough, could be upgraded as part of the scheme.

A department source said a final decision would be made in “late 2019”.

What it could mean for Cambridgeshire

Meanwhile Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority's Mayor James Palmer has been pushing for a new extension to the M11, providing a link between London, Cambridge, and Peterborough.

Speaking in May Mr Palmer said a new extension to the M11, as well as a link onto the A47, would enhance connectivity between London, Cambridge, and Peterborough.

He said he would see private funds boost the authoritys budget to make this a reality, without having to rely entirely upon taxpayers money.

“The M11 project needs significant private funding,” said Mr Palmer.

“We are already talking to investors to work on the M11 north. It will either be part privately funded, or entirely privately funded.”

The M11 connects London's A406 North Circular Road with the A14 at Cambridge.

It was built in the 1970s, to allow greater access to the growing Stansted Airport .

It has 13 junctions, which start at junction 4, and connects to the M25, A282, A11, A14, A120 and A406.

If plans get the green-light it would speed up journey times for the many hundreds of thousands of Cambridgeshire drivers who journey north of the county on the often congested A1 and A1M.

We will bring you more on this development as we get it.

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