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Couple who died in A303 crash named by police

Two people who died in a road traffic collision in Somerset last month have been named.

Robert and Brenda Newton, both aged 72 and from Ottery St Mary died after a collision with a van on the A303 near Buckland St Mary on October 31.

Police say a van which was travelling in a north easterly direction had just negotiated a sweeping right-hand bend when it appears to have crossed the centre of the road and smashed into Mr. and Mrs. Newton's car.

They were both seriously injured and died at the scene shortly afterwards. The van driver required treatment at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital before being released.

Police have appealed again for witnesses to the collision to come forward with any further information.

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Government promise to improve A303 and A30

The Government has given a commitment that it'll work to improve the A303 and A30 in Devon and Somerset.

The leader of Devon County Council John Hart met with the Transport Minister John Hayes. It's now exploring options to make the road better while being sensitive to the environment.

The government has committed to improving the region's roads

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£2 billion to be pledged on Monday for West's roads

Two billion pounds' worth of new road schemes for the region are due to be announced on Monday, ITV News West Country understands. These are likely to include a tunnel at Stonehenge and making the A358 into dual carriageway - something Yeovil MP David Laws has been campaigning for.

David Laws MP. Credit: PA

"It's totally unacceptable that we've got a road that is so congested for large parts of the year. That's very inconvenient for people in my constituency who travel around parts of Somerset, it's certainly very inconvenient for people who want to travel across the region. It's absurd that when we're investing so much in other parts of the country that the South West has had to wait for so long."

– David Laws MP, Lib Dem, Yeovil

£2 billion funding for West's roads due to be announced

Two billion pounds' worth of new road schemes for the region are due to be announced on Monday, ITV News West Country understands.

These are likely to include a tunnel at Stonehenge and making the A358 into dual carriageway - something Yeovil MP David Laws has been campaigning for.

"It's totally unacceptable that we've got a road that is so congested for large parts of the year. That's very inconvenient for people in my constituency who travel around parts of Somerset, it's certainly very inconvenient for people who want to travel across the region. It's absurd that when we're investing so much in other parts of the country that the South West has had to wait for so long."

– David Laws MP, Lib Dem, Yeovil
David Laws MP. Credit: PA

Nick Clegg hints A303 improvements could come soon

Nick Clegg discusses improvements to the A303 at a meeting in Ilminster Credit: ITV News

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been discussing proposals to improve the A303 to the West country at a meeting with business leaders and councillors in Somerset.

He gave strong hints that money for the scheme would be announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement next month.

I am absolutely determined that we should finally fix this. We haven't crossed the T's and dotted the I's yet on the announcement that will be made in the Autumn Statement in early December but, how can I put it, if there isn't an announcement to improve the A303 in the Autumn Statement, I'll come down here and start tarmacking it myself!

– Nick Clegg, Deputy PM
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