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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

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ROADS: Update on A303 crash, including diversion

The A303 remains closed between Upottery in Devon and Ilminster in Somersest after a serious accident. It happened on the A30, which is closed between Stockland Hill to the A30/A303 junction. It's causing major queues in the area.

DIVERSION: Motorists are advised to follow the solid black circle symbol. Those travelling westbound should leave the A303 onto the A358 north to M5 J25 to head west via the M5. Those heading eastbound should leave the A30 at Stockland Hill and follow the above in reverse.

ROADS: Update on A303 crash at Upottery in Devon

The A303 remains closed between Upottery in Devon and Ilminster in Somersest after a serious accident. It happened on the A30, which is closed between Stockland Hill to the A30/A303 junction. It's causing major queues in the area.

DIVERSION: Motorists are advised to follow the solid black circle symbol. Those travelling westbound should leave the A303 onto the A358 north to M5 J25 to head west via the M5. Those heading eastbound should leave the A30 at Stockland Hill and follow the above in reverse.

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