£200m to be invested in road improvement across the South West

By Nick Batten on 9 August, 2021

Highways England has confirmed it will deliver a £200 million package of road improvements across the South West region over the next few months.

The announcement comes after Highways England invested a similar amount in the South West last year and follows the government’s continued drive to level up transport in regions right across the country.

Responsible for motorways and major A-roads, the company’s investment will fund vital infrastructure and boost both connections and local economies as the country ‘builds back better’ from the pandemic.

Well-known motorways and major A-roads including the M4, M5, A40 and A38 are all included in the package.

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are all set to benefit from the planned works, which include road resurfacing and maintenance, the creation of cycle lanes, improved signage and landscaping.

Funded from the government’s Road Investment Strategy, in total Highways England will spend £200 million during the financial year into more than 121 of these kinds of schemes across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall.

Highways England has a comprehensive maintenance programme, with schemes including:

  • M5 junction 11 Golden Valley – bridge refurbishment and resurfacing
  • M4 junction 15 – additional lane to create improved access to housing and jobs
  • M5 between junction 23 and 25 – introducing message signs, incident detection and signalling, queue protection, speed management and enhanced CCTV coverage
  • A38 Mowhay bridge – widening the footpath for cyclists and pedestrians
  • A40 in Gloucestershire – upgrading six miles of cycleway

Since 2015 the company has invested more than £85 million towards the creation of 160 new and upgraded cycleways across England, providing safe, attractive and accessible facilities for people to cycle for work, shopping and leisure.

This latest investment into the region’s roads follows on from last year’s essential maintenance programme which saw Highways England pump £200 million into road renewal and maintenance projects.

Completing in October, the improvements will enable Highways England to monitor the network more effectively, warn drivers of road conditions, manage traffic speeds during times of congestion, provide improved network information and enable better management of incidents.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said, “This Government is committed to levelling-up transport right across the country, helping people get to work or education, and to see family and friends.

“This multi-million-pound investment is a real reflection of that commitment. It will ensure road-users right across the South West enjoy safer, quicker journeys, and that the local economy can build back better from the pandemic.”

Highways England Regional Director, Andrew Page-Dove, added, “Hundreds of thousands of drivers use our roads every day for work journeys, home deliveries and the movement of the goods and services, so it’s essential we keep them in a good condition to ensure safety and reliability.”

To keep up to date with the latest travel information on these projects and the work of Highways England, follow @HighwaysSWEST on Twitter or visit www.highwaysengland.co.uk