The government yesterday gave the go-ahead and £14.8M funding to a new bypass in Leicestershire.
A 5km single carriageway will link the A47 Hinckley Northern Perimeter Road from a new roundabout at Carrs Hill on the A47 Leicester Road, northeast of Earl Shilton. Transport minister Gillian Merron said: 'I am delighted this project is going ahead in Earl Shilton. By removing through traffic, including HGVs, from the town centre it will not only reduce noise and pollution for local residents but also create a much safer environment for the town's cyclists and pedestrians.' The announcement gives the final approval to the scheme with the Department for Transport providing a total funding contribution of £14.797M towards the cost.Construction is expected to start later this year and the road should be to be open to traffic by late 2008.