M5 improvements win Government funding
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The Department for Transport has awarded South Gloucestershire Council £1.68m from its Local Pinch Points Fund. Along with developer funding which we have secured from the Cribbs/Patchway area, the total investment package is worth £2.4m.
The improvement works will see additional lanes on the circulatory carriageway of both roundabouts at junction 16 and 17. The A38 will be widened at the approach to junction 16 and a dedicated left-turn slip onto the M5 northbound route will be provided.
These improvement works will ease congestion at these busy junctions and improve access to new and existing housing and employment in the North Fringe. The schemes also form part of a transport package for the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood which includes employment land within the Filton Enterprise Area and 5,750 houses.
This will complement improvements which the Highways Agency is planning to make to the motorway slip roads at these two locations. We will work together to co-ordinate this work and minimise disruption to road users.
Cllr Brian Allinson, Chair of Planning, Transportation and the Strategic Environment Committee, said: “This announcement is fantastic news for South Gloucestershire and the wider West of England area. By tackling congestion at these local pinch points, these schemes will help facilitate much needed housing and employment growth within the North Fringe area, as well as making journeys easier for those already using the network.”
Work is expected to be completed by spring 2015.
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