Government announces £22M investment in Plymouth link road
The Transport Secretary has announced a £22M investment into the Fonder Valley Plymouth link road.
The Plymouth link road will cut journey times from the east to the north of the area. It will also release land around the city for development, allowing for 4,300 new homes to be built.
The government is placing greater emphasis on constructing new homes. Schemes across the country are seeing land being released for development and local authorities being awarded funding for residential construction.
The one kilometre road will create a new route around the city which should avoid typically congested areas. Work will begin in April of this year and is expected to take three years to complete.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced the investment on a visit to the South West, saying: “This exciting scheme will provide vital extra capacity on Plymouth’s road network and help cut journey times, while also promoting the use of public transport through better bus routes from the east.”
“This investment is part of our cast-iron commitment to deliver resilient transport across the south-west, building on our ambitious plans to boost the region’s economy through stronger travel connections.”
The full extent of development in the region was detailed in the ‘Investing in the South West’ report. In total, £2Bn is due to be spent on transport in the South West, including the road network, high-speed buses, cycle routes, and an easier transition between transport modes.
The government hopes that the Forder Valley Link road will improve the overall prosperity and have benefits beyond easier travel. The developments are designed to be more environmentally friendly and interconnected, with additional walking and cycling routes.
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