Sign up for Junction 25 newsletters

You can now stay up to date with progress on the multi-million pound M5 Junction 25 improvement scheme in Taunton by registering for newsletters.

Somerset County Council is currently upgrading Junction 25 to improve traffic flow, ease peak hour congestion and unlock land for employment to the east of the M5.

The scheme is expected to take around two years to complete with varying impacts on the public as works progress. The current works are mostly taking place offline.

The first newsletter from contractor Alun Griffiths was sent out this week with all the latest news about the project, including

  • Photos from the recent Junction 25 launch event
  • Details of the site clearance works, which included moving 200 trees from the park & ride site to West Monkton Country Park
  • Latest news from the community drop-in events
  • Information about recent resurfacing works in the area and next steps

A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “This is a very important scheme and we understand people are very keen for information about the works.

“Our contractor is committed to keeping the public up to date so they can plan ahead and we encourage anyone with an interest to check out the webpage at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/J25 and sign up for the newsletters.”

The Junction 25 upgrade involves full signalisation and enlarging of the roundabout, widening of the eastern exit, a new roundabout to access the proposed Nexus 25 employment site, and safer pedestrian and cycling facilities.

Find out more by visiting www.travelsomerset.co.uk/J25 and you can sign up for the newsletters by emailing M5J25@alungriffiths.co.uk.

Funding

The J25 scheme upgrade is expected to cost around £19.2m with allocated funding from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal Fund, Taunton Deane Borough Council, Highways England, Somerset County Council and developer contributions.

The Heart of the South West LEP’s total Growth Deal is worth over £590m; including £239m from Government and £351m match funding. Over the lifetime of the Growth Deal: 2015 – 2021; HotSW LEP estimates the investment will create up to 26,930 new jobs and 18,242 new homes; over 59,000 people will be trained under this programme and over 30,000 businesses will have been supported.

“Local Growth Fund”

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone. That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.

Some additional key facts:

  • There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England
  • The government has awarded £9.1bn in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic
  • LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood