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Congestion plan approved for Coventry's Tollbar island

The government has confirmed it is to fund major improvements to the Tollbar End roundabout in Coventry.

The announcement, by Chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn Statement, forms part of multi-billion pound investment plans for England's infrastructure.

About 35 projects have been given the go ahead.

The A45/46 Tollbar End scheme aims to ease congestion, and improve journey times and the capacity of both the island and the A45 Stonebridge Highway.

The government said its National Infrastructure Plan would see it and private investors support both social and economic schemes over the coming decade.

The Treasury hopes two-thirds of the £30bn earmarked for infrastructure schemes will come from the National Association of Pension Funds and the Pension Protection Fund.

Other projects in the West Midlands include the rebuilding of Evesham's main river crossing from the south, making it stronger and safer, a new bridge over the West Coast mainline near Birmingham Airport and NEC, and a diversion of the A45 near Damson Parkway in Solihull.

Both projects are designed to give access to the airport and NEC and allow for runway extension.

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