Mid Devon District Council bids for Government infrastructure funding

Posted on: 28 September 2017

The Council has today submitted two bids to the Government for Housing Infrastructure Funding to deliver highway improvements that will assist in the delivery of planned housing growth.

In July the Government launched a £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund to invest in physical infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges, the absence of which is holding back housebuilding. Mid Devon District Council has made two bids under this fund:

The first seeks £10 million to undertake short term improvements to Junction 28 of the M5 motorway at Cullompton in advance of a proposed longer term junction upgrade. It has been submitted as part of a proposed wider funding package in collaboration with Devon County Council. If successful, the funding would deliver improvement works to increase capacity at the junction by creating an additional lane on the approach to the junction from Cullompton, to provide two lanes in each direction on the motorway bridge, the construction of new footbridges and full signalisation of the motorway junction.

The second seeks £8.2 million to implement the second phase of the new A361 junction to serve Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension. Contractors for Devon County Council are currently on site implementing the southern side slip roads. Phase 2 of the junction (the subject of the bid) would complete the full junction through the provision of an overbridge and north side slip roads, giving a full movement, grade separated junction.

Councillor Richard Chesterton, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration, said ‘If successful, these bids will provide funding to deliver important highway infrastructure to firstly, improve Junction 28 of the M5 motorway at Cullompton and secondly, to provide the northern side of the new junction onto the A361 North Devon link road on the eastern side of Tiverton. This will allow badly needed new housing in both areas to come forward to the benefit of the local community through the provision of a range of market and affordable homes. The proposed highway improvements are also expected to deliver benefits to the existing communities in both locations by providing greater ease of movement. ’

The outcome of the bids assessment process is not expected to be known until early 2018.

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