In 2014, the government announced £15 billion of investment in the UKs roads. The new road schemes will create thousands of construction jobs, and the aim is to provide a boost to regional economies. Plans include:
- up to 100 new road schemes by 2020 including linking St Austell to the A30
- new lanes added to motorways and trunk roads totalling a length of 1300 lane miles.
- converting motorways to smart motorways.
The strategy also aims to improve links to the south-west from London by upgrading the A303 which is the shortest route from Plymouth and Exeter to London, but currently has a number of bottlenecks including the area around Stonehenge. New dual-carriage way sections are proposed including a new tunnel underneath the famous monument.