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New road developments 'to unlock new housing'

New road developments 'to unlock new housing'

New housing developments involving the construction of thousands of dwellings will be unlocked by a series of road improvements in the south-west of England, the government has said.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling said £20 million will be spent on a series of projects across the region to enable another 3,300 homes to be built and more than 6,000 jobs generated.

Speaking on a visit to Exeter, he 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."

He announced three specific projects that will be taking place between 2017 and 2019, which are designed to help get new housing and commercial developments up and running through better road connections.

The costliest will be the £5 million scheme to improve the intersection between the M5 and the A419 at junction 15 near Swindon, which will help bolster a major housing and business scheme just outside the town.

A second project concerns the M5 as it interchanges with the A30 and A303 just east of Exeter, with the new Tithebarn Link Road to Junction 29 freeing up three new housing and employment sites. The scheme is designed to offer an alternative route to the junction and thus reduce traffic to the motorway from the A30. There will also be a new cycle bridge over the M5.

The 6,000-home Weston Villages project near Weston-super-Mare will also benefit from a £750,000 project to improve the northbound M5 in the area around Junction 21.

Mr Grayling also announced £2.54 million of extra funds to improve the A1(M) near Darlington. This includes a £1.10 million cash injection to supplement £1.46 million being paid by a developer for enhancements to junction 58, freeing up nearby sites with the potential to deliver up to 1,200 homes and 5,000 new jobs.

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