Rishi Sunak has committed to building a relief road into Blyth after scrapping a £36bn leg of HS2.

The Prime Minster said he would use the £36bn of funding on hundreds of infrastructure projects across the UK and listed the new road in Northumberland as one of his government’s priorities.

But Mr Sunak failed to mention any other projects in the region which will get funding during his speech.

The government has since released a list of projects included in the plans.

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The Blyth relief road will see a new route from the A189 spine road in Northumberland to the A193 at South Beach to reduce congestion on the two main roads into the town.

The PM mentioned plans to “upgrade the A1” which runs from London to Edinburgh but did not say where the improvements would take place. It has since been confirmed this will include the single-carriageway stretch from Morpeth to Ellingham.

Last month a decision to dual the route north of Morpeth in Northumberland was delayed for nine months, despite an original deadline of January 2022.

It comes after Mr Sunak axed the HS2 line from Birmingham to Manchester after weeks of speculation.

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He said costs had “more than doubled” and said he “every single penny” initially earmarked for the high-speed rail link would be redirected to other projects.

The Prime Minister told the Tory Party conference in Manchester on Wednesday (October 4): “I am ending this long-running saga. I am cancelling the rest of the HS2 project and in its place, we will reinvest every single penny, £36 billion, in hundreds of new transport projects in the North and the Midlands, across the country.

“This means £36 billion of investment in the projects that will make a real difference across our nation.”