Midlands funding bid for 11 major highways schemes

Aaron Morby 5 years ago
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Plans for 11 major road schemes across the Midlands have been submitted to the government by transport body Midlands Connect.

Representing 22 councils in the region, the body is requesting nearly £596m funding from the £3.5bn national fund available from 2020-2025.

The schemes, which will cost £739m to build, include new bypasses, widening roads at congestion hotspots, improving junctions and roundabouts, new links between existing stretches of road and better pedestrian and cycling facilities.

The extra cost of around £143m will be raised locally from a mixture of public and private sector sources.

Major Road Network
Scheme Name Local Highway Authority Opening Cost
A4123 Birchley Island, Sandwell Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council 2023 £29m
A38 Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme, Worcestershire Worcestershire County Council 2025 £47m
A426/A4071 Avon Mill/Hunters Lane Improvements, Warwickshire Warwickshire County Council 2025 £22m
Queensway Link, Telford Telford & Wrekin Council 2024 £39m
A511 Growth Corridor, Coalville Leicestershire County Council 2024 £49m
A454 between Wolverhampton and East Park Gateway Wolverhampton City Council 2024 £35m
A45/Coventry Road/Damson Parkway Junction, Solihull Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council 2026 £33m
Total £254m
Large Local Majors
North Hykeham Relief Road Lincolnshire County Council 2026 £153m
Chesterfield-Staveley Regeneration Route Derbyshire County Council 2025 £93m
City East Link Road Stoke-on-Trent City Council 2025 £86m
Hereford Bypass[2] Hereford County Council 2024 £153m
Total £485m

An eighth major roads network scheme. the A614 Ollerton to Lowdham improvements in Nottinghamshire, has already received a funding commitment of £18m from the government, announced last autumn.

Midlands Connect is encouraging the government to allocate funding for shortlisted schemes as soon as possible to ensure their smooth delivery.

Simon Statham, head of technical programmes at Midlands Connect, said: “Objectives for the funding include understanding how a scheme will create improvements for all road users, not just cars, and improve air quality by reducing congestion.”

“By speaking with a collective voice on behalf of the Midlands, we believe each of the schemes submitted has provided all the evidence the government needs to fund them in full, and we expect to be celebrating a £600m investment in to the region to help our local authorities get on and deliver this transformational programme of upgrades.”

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