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Highways England details £2bn South West road improvement plans

Date: 13 October 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Highways England has revealed how it will spend £2bn of Government investment to raise the capacity of roads in the South West.

The investment will see improvements being delivered along a number of motorways and A-roads between now and 2021, giving road users faster and more reliable journeys.

The roadworks are part of the Government's £15bn Road Investment Strategy to triple levels of spending on roads by the end of the decade, which was announced late last year.

Projects include:

  • A new junction on the M49 at Avonmouth
  • Improvements to the M5 J23 at Bridgwater
  • An upgrade to an 8.7-mile section of single carriageway on the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross roundabouts
  • Development of a tunnel on the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down route that passes Stonehenge
  • Dualing the A303 between Sparkford and IIchester
  • Dualing the A358 from the M5 at Taunton to A303 at Southfields
  • Investigations into the benefits of connecting the two dual carriageway sections of the A417 near Birdlip, Gloucestershire

Across the South West, Highways England said it will also pump millions into maintenance schemes, environmental improvements and provision for cyclists, while £90m will be invested in 2015/16 to resurface roads, repair and renew structures like bridges and viaducts and improve safety barriers.

"As part of our long-term economic plan, we are making the biggest investment in roads in a generation. The £2 billion investment in the South West of England will significantly improve journeys and help create jobs," said roads minister, Andrew Jones."We're upgrading key roads like the A303 and A30 and building a new junction on the M49 near Bristol."

"This will create a new strategic corridor to the South West and complete the dual carriageway into Cornwall so that hardworking families can have better access to jobs, shops and leisure facilities," he added.