Splatford Split in line for major improvements
TWO road improvement schemes totalling more than £6 million have been given the go-ahead which promise to help support thousands of jobs and new homes in Exeter.
The work at Splatford Split costing £5.5 million aims to reduce congestion by creating an additional lane for traffic merging with the A38 from the A380.
The Government says the scheme, due to start in 2014 and completed the following year, will help support growth by 'unlocking' significant pieces of land and attracting new businesses to the area.
It has the potential to support 10,000 new jobs and 1,900 new homes by 2020 according to Whitehall.
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Work costing £900,000 will also be carried out on the slip road at junction 30 of the M5.
This will involve widening the southbound exit slip road and improving traffic signals.
It will help support planned developments such as Cranbrook, Newcourt and Sow ton Industrial Estate.
It is forecast the work, starting in 2014 will help generate 12,735 jobs and 5,480 homes by the end of the decade.
They are among 57 road improvements given the green-light by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin aimed at boosting the economy, tackling congestion and improving safety.
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.