Plymouth City Council is asking for the A38 to be included as a priority for investment in the government’s forthcoming second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2).
The council is responding to a recent government announcement inviting replies to its consultation on shaping the future of England’s strategic roads and seeking to bring about the modernisation of the A38 to motorway standard to reflect its status as a major regional trunk road.
The council has set out the following five clear priorities that it would like the Government’s assistance with as it seeks to deliver its significant growth agenda.
• A route based study of the A38 from Exeter to Bodmin,
• Improvements to Deep Lane Junction including the provision of a strategic Park & Ride site next to the A38,
• Capacity and safety enhancements to A38 Manadon Roundabout,
• Widening the A38 between A386 Manadon Junction and the B3413 at Forder Valley,
• Widening the A38 on the approaches to Weston Mill Junction.
Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “We welcome the Government’s consultation on the forthcoming road investment strategy.
“Connectivity to the national road network is absolutely vital for Plymouth’s economy.
“The nearest motorway junction is currently 40 miles away, hindering existing businesses and deterring inward investment, as businesses will only locate in the South West if they can transport their goods quickly and efficiently.
“The Road Investment Strategy provides us with the opportunity to address decades of underinvestment that has stifled the major centres of growth in the South West.
“The modernisation of the A38 will enhance our connectivity to the rest of the country and global markets”
This consultation outlines the Government’s long term strategy for investing in our major roads.
The public are able to provide their views on the Road Investment Strategy, by emailing RISFuture.firstname.lastname@example.org