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Money could become available to get the M5-improvement project back up and running.
Work on junctions 29 and 30 is currently frozen but the Government has now announced a Regional Growth Fund - which the project might be eligible for.
Derek Phillips from Exeter's Chamber of Commerce has told Heart it is being met with cautious relief: "it is going to be used to bring forward the schemes which improve the economy and create jobs. We think that is absolutely the criteria we have for junctions 29 and 30 because without that Exeter will not have the prosperous future that we are all predicting"