South-west road improvements revealed

14th October 2015

South-west road improvements revealed

Highways England has announced the details of a new £2 billion transport network investment for the south-west of England.

In addition to delivering far-reaching improvements to the region's transport network, this multi-billion pound investment will ensure the long-term upkeep of major and minor routes, as well as the introduction of a series of environmental initiatives and the creation of new facilities for cyclists.

Roads minister Andrew Jones commented: "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."

Major developments that will be taking place as part of this significant investment in transport network upgrades for the region will include:

  • Dualling of the A303 between Sparkford and IIchester.
  • An upgrade to an 8.7-mile section of single carriageway on the A30.
  • Creation of a new junction on the M49 at Avonmouth.
  • Improvements to the M5 junction 23 at Bridgwater.

Set to be delivered by the end of the decade, the investment in south-west transport improvements forms part of the government's wider Road Investment Strategy and will aim to deliver a nationwide network of carriageways that are fit-for-purpose in 21st-century Britain.

In total, the strategy will see the undertaking of 112 major road improvements (at present) across England, including the delivery of at least 15 'smart motorways' schemes.