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.

Smart Motorways video

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.