Planned motorwayworks due to begin in 2014 are likely to substantially boost demand for steelroad plates, as well as providing thousands of construction jobs throughout theyear and beyond.

According tothe Department for Transport, more than 9,500 jobs will be supported by thework carried out in 2014, with £1.9 billion of direct investment in the 12months.

This is inschemes worth a total of £4.3 billion by the time they reach completion – suchas the improvements to the M1 Junction 19, making a better link with the M6 by2016-17.

Roadsminister Robert Goodwill says: “Roads are the lifeblood that keeps oureconomy going – they create jobs and help get products to market.”

More immediatelythough, the work will create construction jobs in its own right, as well assupporting sales of British-made materials like steel road plates.

In total,209 schemes are due to commence in 2014, and the majority should reachcompletion within 12 months, bringing extra capacity to several key motorwaysand improving driving conditions on many other crucial road links nationwide.