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Motorway improvements to unlock thousands of homes and jobs

News   •   Oct 21, 2016 15:42 BST

Transport Secretary announces multi-million pound motorway improvement scheme that will create employment and homes in South West.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has today announced Highways England road improvements schemes worth up to £20M, that will create thousands of jobs and homes in the South West.

More than 3,300 homes and 6,000 jobs will be unlocked by improvement works made to the M4 and M5/A30 for people living in Swindon, Exeter, and Weston-super-Mare.

The Transport Secretary also announced a £2.54M scheme on the A1 which will boost economic growth in Darlington in the North East.

On a visit to Exeter to see how the road improvements will change lives in the area, Chris Grayling said: “We’re undertaking the biggest modernisation programme for a generation to bring our roads into the 21st century and give people the safe and reliable journeys they expect. But these improvements will do even more – allowing the construction of thousands of homes and the creation of thousands of jobs to give a huge boost to the area’s economy.”

A total of £11M is being invested by Highways England, towards four schemes from its Growth and Housing Fund. Private sector development contributions will make up the rest.

One scheme includes £5M for improvements to the intersection of the M4 Junction 15 and the A419 near Swindon, which will unlock one of the largest housing and commercial developments in the country.

There is also £4.5M to deliver the A30 / M5 J29 Tithebarn Link Road, which will release three housing and employment sites, and £750,000 funding to improve the northbound M5 at Junction 21, near Weston-super-Mare, which will help support the ‘Weston Villages’ develop 6,000 new houses and 4,000 new jobs to the west of the M5 at Junction 21.

A £1.01M to improve junction 58 of the A1(M) at Darlington will unlock two development sites which could see the construction of 1,200 homes and create 5,000 new jobs.

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