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£75 million funding for road scheme in Chippenham

November 5, 2019 8:22 AM
By WC (edited)

Wiltshire Council has been allocated £75 million from the Government's Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to support the growth of Chippenham.

This will pay for a new road to the east and south of Chippenham, linking the A350 at the northern and southern ends of the town, as well as improvement works at J17 on the M4.

These improvements will help ease the congestion currently experienced by people who live or travel through Chippenham and will provide additional road capacity for the future.

It will also unlock development land that could support up to 7,500 new homes and 1 million sq ft of commercial space over the next 25 years without causing additional infrastructure problems. This additional housing for Chippenham is at a build rate similar to the last 25 years and is being considered as part of the Local Plan review.

Additional benefits will include investment in Chippenham town centre and new facilities such as schools, health, open space, improved connectivity, including cycling and walking routes, and additional road capacity to meet the increasing levels of traffic using them both now and in the future.