A350 road works will bring long-term benefits

Duncan Hames, Member of Parliament for the Chippenham constituency, has visited the site where construction is underway to extend the dual carriageway on the A350 north of Chippenham.

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The work to dual the section of road between Jacksom’s Lane and the Badger roundabout is being funded by a £1.9 million grant from the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point Fund, set up by the then Liberal Democrat Transport Minister Norman Baker MP.

In the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Deal, announced by Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable last month, the Coalition Government committed to build upon the current improvements by extending the dual carriageway further, from the Badger roundabout to the junction with the A4 at the Chequers roundabout, funded by a £7.1 million grant from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.

Following his visit to the site, Duncan Hames said:

“It’s impossible to make these sort of improvements without some short-term disruption to local people, but the bottleneck on the A350 north of Chippenham has long been a problem, causing delays for people trying to get into Chippenham or onto the M4.

“I’m pleased that the Coalition Government is addressing this and it was good to see the progress Balfour Beatty are making with the work.

“More reliable journey times locally to and from the M4 will help retain and attract employers, bringing jobs to this part of Wiltshire. I’m delighted that the Liberal Democrats in Government are making the investments we need to build a stronger economy here.”