ENVIRONMENT, ECONOMY, TRAFFIC FLOWS ALL SET TO BENEFIT FROM CASH FOR M5
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ENVIRONMENT, ECONOMY, TRAFFIC FLOWS ALL SET TO BENEFIT FROM CASH FOR M5

Local communities along the M5, travellers using the M5 and the local economy are all set to benefit from extra Government investment in roads, news that has been warmly welcomed by local MP, Sir Peter Luff.
The Department of Transport announced 1.4 billion of new investment for infrastructure in the Midlands area ahead of the Autumn Statement on Wednesday (3rd December). This money is part of a 15 billion Roads Investment Strategy for across the country - with over 100 major schemes planned in total.

Locally, money had already been promised for the adoption of a 'managed motorway scheme' on the M5, which will allow for the use of the hard shoulder and traffic managements systems to increase capacity substantially on the existing motorway. But this additional investment for the area includes improvements at Junction 6 on the M5 and further road resurfacing work on the motorway. The managed motorway will also now be extended from junction 4a beyond junction 6 all the way to junction 7.

Peter explained,

"I am delighted that the Government has committed further investment for the M5, which is set to improve three key problem areas on this motorway.

"First, those who use this road regularly will know how often it can become congested and traffic can move very slowly, so thanks to the Managed Motorway Scheme, the road will become safer, more reliable and journey times should improve significantly..

"Second, the plans for improvement works at Junction 6 will unlock the potential of the High Tech Park planned for the site at this junction. 120 million of other funding has been set aside for this project, which is set to bring hundreds of jobs and economic benefits to the area. Worcester Warriors fans will also benefit from the investment as it will make getting to and from the stadium much easier on busy match days.

"Third, earlier this year confirmation was given that the managed motorway scheme would include resurfacing the M5 between junctions 4a and 6 with a low noise surface. This was a huge relief to those who live close to the road and have suffered dreadful noise pollution from the traffic.

"Unfortunately the work will not be extended to Junction 7, so residents in Whittington will not benefit. However, I will continue to lobby ministers to get this extra stretch of road resurfaced, so none of my constituents have to put with awful traffic noise.

"All of this investment will make a huge difference to people who use the road, occasionally or regularly and those who live alongside it. With the construction of the new Worcestershire Parkway station near junction 7, travel to and from our county is genuinely being transformed."

ENDS


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