Wiltshire Council to receive £20m for crucial road upgrades

Wiltshire Council to receive £20m for crucial road upgrades

Published by Jack Deery at 6:29pm 11th February 2020. (Updated at 11:59am 12th February 2020)

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The Prime Minister has announced the funding for Salisbury.

After "heavy lobbying" from the city's MP, John Glen, the government has agreed to spend between £15m and £20m to pay for a "full package of improvements". 

The Harnham Gyratory will be remodelled while improvements will be made to both the Park Wall junction on Netherhampton Road and Exeter Street roundabout

The announcement comes just a week after Wiltshire Council have approved plans to allocate space for hundreds more homes on Netherhampton Road,

John Glen says the improvements will help with that.

"It is also timely, given the council's decision.

I know the decision came as a disappointment to many people but big planning decisions seldom come out of the blue.

The site was allocated for housing a long time ago. It was only a matter of time before it attracted a planning application from an interested developer.

The majority of the recent objections centred on the strain on surrounding roads.

I have long been concerned that new homes are built with all the necessary infrastructure for thriving communities - not only roads but schools, GP surgeries and telecommunications to name just a few priorities."

Harnham gyratory junction sign - from New Harnham Road - A338 A30 A354 (Mike Draper)
The Harnham Gyratory will be remodelled with the money

He has also said that the announcement is a welcome step in the right direction

There is no detail yet on what improvements will be made and when they will happen. 

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