£1.8million roadworks for A38 junction at Manadon, Plymouth
ROAD improvements at a busy junction on to the A38 have been given the go-ahead – aimed at supporting the creation of thousands of jobs and new homes in Plymouth.
The £1.8 million scheme will see the widening and lengthening of the entry slip roads onto the expressway at Manadon in a bid to tackle congestion.
Work is due to start in 2014, and is designed to support developments in the area that could create 2,350 jobs and 2,735 homes by 2020.
It is among 57 road improvements given the green-light by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin aimed at boosting the economy, tackling congestion and improving safety.
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The £170 million investment is part of a £217 million programme to remove bottlenecks and keep traffic moving on the nation’s motorways and major A roads.
The economic benefit of the schemes has been put at around £3 billion.
The announcement brings the total number of schemes to receive investment from the Government’s pinch point fund to 65. A third stage of projects will be announced next year.
The Secretary of State said: “These £217 million road improvements prove the Government’s determination to accelerate growth and cut congestion.
“Keeping traffic moving is vital to securing prosperity. By removing bottlenecks and improving access to local enterprise zones, key international trading ports and communities, these road schemes will help get people to and from work and power the economy.
“They also have the potential to help deliver more than 300,000 new jobs and 150,000 new homes.”
The improvement schemes form part of the Government’s growth initiative outlined in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011.
It comes as George Osborne said he believed the “economy is healing”, and the Government had the “right balance” on the pace of spending cuts.
He said: “Our entire economic policy is an enterprise policy. If you don’t deal with the debt then the interest rates go up, that clobbers business, it hits families and leads to the kind of mess that, frankly, we inherited from the last government.”