Swindon is to get £11.6 million for new roads to serve its New Eastern Villages (NEV) developments.

Along with £18.9m from Homes England, the £30.5m scheme will provide infrastructure for 4,150 of the 8,650-plus new NEV homes.

The project will include a new access road between the A419 Commonhead roundabout and the southern end of the new development.

Announcing the funding, Transport Minister Baroness Vere said: “Our funding towards this new road scheme will help make the New Eastern Villages site a reality, providing a huge boost to Swindon’s economy by supporting thousands of new homes and jobs.

“This new scheme has been planned with everyone in mind and will ensure fast and smooth journeys for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians across the area.

“As we build back better from the pandemic, we will continue to invest in our infrastructure to boost connections, drive regeneration and level up regions across the UK.”

The entire NEV scheme includes 40 hectares of employment land and new shopping facilities and supporting services.

Cllr Gary Sumner, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for strategic infrastructure, transport and planning, said: “The Southern Connector Road is an essential part of the infrastructure required to deliver the New Eastern Villages and I’m extremely pleased that we have managed to secure complete funding from the Department for Transport and Homes England for this really important link road.

“We are investing £72.5 million into the road network around the New Eastern Villages, most of which has been secured from Government. This investment in Swindon’s future is a great vote of confidence for our town.”

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