Council and businesses join forces over A30/A303 upgrade

Devon County Council and South West business leaders have joined forces in calling on the Government to commit to upgrading the full length of the delay-ridden A303/A30/A358 corridor. 

Government getting cold feet, when were they ever warm? – Owl

Joseph Bulmer 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ backing for the Stonehenge tunnel has been warmly welcomed, but there are mounting concerns that the Government has got cold feet over funding vital improvements to the whole route despite Highways England citing an independent report that says it would boost the South West economy by £39 billion. 

Analysis commissioned by a campaign partnership of South West local authorities and LEPs showed that improving the whole A303/A30/A358 corridor would not only deliver a massive uplift to the region’s economy from Cornwall to Wiltshire, it would also create 21,000 new jobs over time. 

The call has been backed by the British Chambers of Commerce South West and CBI South West who represent thousands of businesses across the region.