Autumn Statement 2014: Fuel duty to remain frozen

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Fuel duty will stay frozen at its current level, Chancellor George Osborne has revealed.

In news that will be welcomed by motorists, fuel duty will remain at 57.95p per litre, the level it has been at since 2011.

Ahead of the statement to the House of Commons today, the government also announced funding of more than £20 billion for more than 80 new roads and infrastructure works across the country up to 2021.

Among the works planned for the UK's road network include improvements to junctions on the M25, the A1 in the north-east of England, as well as £2 billion spent on the A303, which will see a road tunnelled under Stonehenge.

In total 1,300 new miles of extra lanes on motorways and A roads will be built.

RAC chief engineer, David Bizley said: "The government are to be congratulated in proposing a balanced set of proposals that, when delivered, will start to address bottlenecks in capacity and inconsistencies in road quality that frustrate businesses and all road users on a daily basis.

"By focussing on upgrading existing routes, the government has side-stepped some of the more environmentally contentious options that have been proposed over the last decade. Few of the proposed schemes come as a surprise and in most cases, the need for improvement has been recognised for many years. And with a projected overall return of £4 benefit for every £1 spent this looks like great value for the taxpayer."