By Daniel Hunter

£15 billion worth of road improvements have been announced by the government in an attempt to boost the economy.

The so-called "road revolution" will see 100 road improvement schemes in England, including more than 1,300 miles worth of extra lanes on motorways and A road. It even includes a tunnel on the A303 underneath Stonehenge.

The government said £15bn will be spent on improving roads in England over the next five years.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "Today I am setting out the biggest, boldest and most far-reaching roads programme for decades. It will dramatically improve our road network and unlock Britain's economic potential."

Chancellor George Osborne said the improvements will "transform some of the country's most important strategic routes".

RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister said: "This is not about concreting over the countryside with new roads but upgrading many existing routes which have been the source of misery to motorists for years if not decades.

"That the government is investing money along whole lengths of roads and not just a mile or two here and there is to be welcomed."

John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said: "This five-year strategy marks a significant milestone in our journey towards the delivery of much-needed upgrades to our existing road network, the arteries of our economy.

“I’ve been calling for a tunnel underneath Stonehenge as part of wider upgrades along the A303, a lifeline for businesses in the South West, so I am glad to see it getting the green light.

“It is essential now that we see a commitment from all sides to take this programme forward in the coming Parliament, shifting our focus towards delivery.

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