M5 widening scheme near Exeter to serve new Skypark
News of the funds being available for an M5 widening scheme at Junction 30 have had a mixed reception: business leaders are all for it; environmentalists are less enthusiastic.
The plans are to widen the motorway to four lanes at Junction 30, and build a pedestrian bridge at Junction 29, and are part of the Exeter Science Park, Skypark and Cranbrook developments.
Derek Phillips, chairman of Exeter Chamber of Commerce, and Tim Jones, chairman of Devon & Cornwall Business Council, were delighted by the scheme.
Maurice Spurway, coordinator of Exeter Friends of the Earth, was concerned at the potential rise in traffic, and Martyn Goss, chairman of the Campaign for Better Transport, told the Express and Echo: “This is a good example of public money being spent on a road scheme that will benefit few people and lead to future environmental problems in the longer term.”
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