Neil Parish MP welcomes Devon County Council A303 funding

Neil Parish MP has welcomed Devon County Council support for major infrastructure improvements on the A303/A30/A358.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet has allocated £2.25 million for design costs and essential technical studies to kick-start future improvements to the A303/A30 and A39/A361 North Devon Link Road.

Design funding for the A303/A30 will enable the County Council working with the Department for Transport, Highways Agency and Blackdowns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to advance much needed improvements between Honiton and Broadway. It will support the Government’s £2 billion plan for the A303/A30/A358 to improve this vital strategic route from London to the South West Peninsula.

The funding from Devon County Council will help kickstart the design of a widened road with a smoother alignment to improve safety and journey quality on the A30/A303 through the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from Honiton. Developing additional overtaking lanes and junction improvements between Honiton and Broadway in Somerset is estimated to cost around £220 million.

Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton and Honiton, said: “I am delighted that this bottleneck through the Blackdown Hills is receiving much needed investment to improve journey times for road users. This government is investing £2 billion to transform the whole A303/A30/A358 route into a new strategic corridor to the South West. We need transport infrastructure fit for the 21st Century and these improvements to the A303/A30 are good news for road safety and good news for Devon’s economy.”