Money for A303 upgrade study

The Government has announced funding to look into widening the A303, which runs from Wiltshire to Cornwall but has a number of bottlenecks in its single carriageway stretches.

Full report on the govt's A303 upgrade announcement

by Robert Murphy

Today the government said it would look at ways of improving the A303, parts of which are single carriageway. However, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander only announced a feasibility study - meaning any upgrade may still be some years off.

But a new £11 million bridge in Bristol is getting the go-ahead, as our political reporter Robert Murphy reports.

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Alexander outlines the need for a better A303

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has announced that there will be funding to widen the A303, which runs from Wiltshire to Cornwall but has a number of bottlenecks, especially on the Blackdown Hills in Somerset where it becomes single carriageway.

Any Honourable Member – from the Prime Minister down – who lives in Cornwall, or has driven there for their holidays will want to see a better A303.

– Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Government spending plan in the South West

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has announced plans to boost the country's economy by investing billions of pounds in a series of major infrastructure projects, which will have a big impact in our region.

They include:

  • A multi-billion pound guarantee to advance the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point
  • £10 million to be spent nationally to clear the backlog of repairs in schools plus investment to create new school places
  • Further £250 million investment in superfast broadband
  • £370 million fund to improve flood defences will increase every year to 2020. The Government has also agreed a deal on flood insurance.
  • £10 billion of investment in road repairs, including pot holes
  • Investment on widening roads, including the A303 which runs through Wiltshire to Cornwall