Devon

Final phase of Exeter M5 £2m improvement scheme begins

Traffic congestion
Image caption The work is due to be completed by February next year

The final phase of a £2m improvement programme outside Exeter has begun.

The work at Junction 30 of the M5 is being carried out to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion at one of Devon's busiest areas.

A signal-controlled crossing of the northbound slip to the M5 is being installed.

There will also be a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians underneath the northern motorway bridge.

The majority of the construction work will be carried out overnight to minimise disruption to the public.

When the improvement scheme began in 2008, an additional carriageway was formed around the centre of the Sandygate roundabout

'Alternative travel'

This will be fully opened to traffic when the final phase of work is completed in February next year.

Devon county councillor Stuart Hughes said: "Once completed, it will provide better access into the city and its major employment areas.

"These final elements of the scheme will create improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, offering realistic alternative travel options that link the city network to Clyst St Mary and Westpoint."

The council was able to secure £1.5m towards the scheme from the government's Community Infrastructure Fund.

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