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More local transport schemes given green light

Transport secretary Justine Greening gave the green light today to 21 local schemes worth £854M, which is in addition to the £574M for 20 schemes announced in the Autumn Statement last month.

The funding will benefit schemes including M5 junction improvements, a new crossing for the River Wear and widening a key road leading from the M6. Greening said that transport infrastructure was “central to growth”.

“Almost all journeys begin and end on local authority networks, which provide the crucial links that allow people and businesses to prosper,” she added. “We are investing in schemes that will provide better access to jobs and services, reduce congestion and enable more goods to move more easily around our country. This will be £1.4bn invested in local communities to build the transport system we need to get the economy back on track.”

The key schemes benefiting from new investment:

  • Bath Transportation Package. Park and ride site expansions and bus priority measures plus improvements to local bus stops. (£11.7M Department for Transport (DfT) contribution towards a total cost of £28.6M)
  • Beverley Integrated Transport Plan. Construction of 1.8m single carriageway road, a bridge over Hull-Beverley rail line and improvements to roundabouts. (£20.7M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £27.3M)
  • Camborne-Pool-Redruth Transport Package. New east – west link road from Camborne to Pool. (£16.1M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £26.8M)
  • Chester Road (Birmingham). Widening of Chester Road to a three lane dual carriageway from M6 Jct 5 with bus priority and pedestrian improvements. (£8.3M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £10.5M)
  • Coventry-Nuneaton Rail Upgrade (formerly known as NUCKLE). Enhanced rail service and two new stations on the Coventry to Nuneaton railway line. (£9.8M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £18.8M)
  • Croxley Rail Link (Watford). Extension of the Metropolitan line from Croxley to Watford Junction mainline station plus two new stations (inc closure of current Watford Met line station). (£76.2M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £115.9M)
  • Darlaston (Walsall). Various road improvements including new bridges over the canal and railway, junction improvements, modifications to existing roads to open up development area. (£14.3M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £25.9M)
  • Elmbridge Transport (Gloucester). Package of improvements including new Park and Ride site between Cheltenham and Gloucester. (£14.1M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £16.5M)
  • Leeds Inner Relief Road Maintenance. Maintenance to Woodhouse Tunnel and other structures on the Inner Ring Road. The final DfT contribution to the scheme is subject to the successful conclusion of various funding agreements between the Leeds City Council, the University of Leeds, the Department of Health and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals who are all liable for some of the works
  • Loughborough Town Centre Transport Scheme. Completion of the remaining section of the Inner Relief Road & upgrading junctions on the existing relief road; and extension of pedestrianised area in the town centre, subject to successful completion of the outstanding statutory procedures. (£14.8M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £16.6M)
  • Luton Town Centre Transport Scheme. Package of measures to improve traffic flow around town centre including new link road. (£15.9m DfT contribution towards a total cost of £23.9M)
  • Morpeth Northern Bypass. Northern bypass of Morpeth linking with A1 to south east Northumberland. (£21.1M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £30.1M)
  • North Fringe to Hengrove BRT (Bristol). Bus rapid transit scheme from the north of the city (inc Bristol Parkway) via the city centre to Hengrove in the South. (£51.1M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £92.9M)
  • Nottingham Ring Road. Enhancements to increase capacity at key junctions on the Nottingham Ring Road. (£12.8M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £16.2M)
  • Pennine Reach (East Lancs Rapid Transit). Bus enhancements in Blackburn and East Lancashire including bus priority measures. (£31.9M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £39.8M)
  • South Yorkshire Bus Rapid Transit Phase 1 (Sheffield/Rotherham). New bus rapid transit from Sheffield along the Don Valley toward Rotherham including a new road link under the M1 (the Tinsley link). (£19.4M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £34.3M)
  • Sunderland Strategic Corridor. A new bridge over the River Wear (£82.6M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £117.6M)
  • Weston Package. Package of transport improvements in and around Weston Super Mare including improvements to M5 junction, enhancements to Worle station and access improvements to development areas. (£10.4M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £15M)
  • Worcester Transport Strategy. Package of transport improvements in and around Worcester, including enhancements to Foregate Street and Malvern Link stations. (£14.2M DfT contribution towards a total cost of £19.6M)

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