Funding for five local road upgrades worth £67m

Aaron Morby 4 months ago
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Highways England has signed off vital funding for five road upgrade projects worth £67m.

New Forder Valley Link road scheme will cost £38m

The schemes for Plymouth, Wigan, Marlow, Newton and Cumbria will now also gain contributions from developers planning up to 1,700 new homes.

In total Highways England is releasing £16.6m from its £100m Growth and Housing Fund pot.

Five schemes

£38m Plymouth Forder Valley Link Road

Works include the construction of the Forder Valley Link Road to connect the A386 at Derriford to the A38 to the east of the city. It will unlock up to 651 homes.

£15.9m M58 Wigan Link Road

The link road will create a new high profile gateway into Wigan town centre from the M58/M6 and connect a number of key employment sites to the strategic highways network, bringing the opportunity to create new jobs and contribute to economic growth.  The new link road is currently planned to open to traffic by the end of 2020.

£5m Cumbria A590 Cross-a-moor

This scheme will see an upgrade of the existing junction at Cross-a-Moor, Cumbria into a four arm roundabout which will provide a number of key local development sites with direct access to the A590 trunk road. The scheme will also unlock 106 local homes, and three further sites with the potential to deliver 895 new homes.

£1.75m Buckinghamshire A404/A4155 Westhorpe Interchange improvements

The scheme will create the opportunity for up to 560 jobs at the Globe Business Park and enable over 22,000 sqm of vacant space that would be brought back to life and used by businesses.  Work on the scheme is expected to commence late 2018/spring 2019.

£3.9m Nottingham A46 RAF Newton link bridge

Funding for new link bridge over the A46 connecting the former RAF Newton site with critical transport links and public amenity services in central Bingham. The scheme will unlock the land to create up to 550 local homes.

Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund has so far made contributions of over £77 million to improve 21 improvements, unlocking over 38,000 new homes and more than 44,000 jobs around Swindon, Exeter, Weston Super Mare, Darlington, Scunthorpe, Grantham, Warrington, Honiton, Derby, Foxdenton (Oldham), Taunton, Durham, Daventry, Southampton, Leicestershire and Whiteley (Hampshire).

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