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New bridge over M1 officially open to the public

Motorists can now use a £15 million bridge over the M1
Motorists can now access £15 million bridge

A multi-million pound bridge across the M1 has been officially opened to the public today (Thursday, 13 July).

The ribbon has been cut on the £15 million bridge, which took more than a year and a half to build, by key partners on the project.

A ceremony took place this morning, and the bridge was open to motorists from 1pm.

 

I am delighted that the bridge is officially open to the public. The bridge will provide easier access to the New Lubbesthorpe development as well as help ease traffic congestion in the area.

“As well as dealing with an increase in traffic, the wider development, which includes a new employment site south of the M69, will bring around 2,500 jobs to the region.

“I would like to thank everyone for their patience while this work was carried out.

 

The bridge links Thorpe Astley and Leicester Forest East over the M1, and provides access to the new 4,250 home Lubbesthorpe development. It will also help reduce the impact of traffic on Beggars Lane and the A47.

The scheme was successfully delivered by Balfour Beatty and WSP and the quality of delivery was recognised with a National Silver Award by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

The bridge was given £5 million from the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point Fund following a partnership bid between Leicestershire County Council, the New Lubbesthorpe developers, Blaby District Council, Leicester City Council, Highways England, and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: “Bridges are a vital way to speed up journeys and connect communities.

"The £5 million funding from the Department for Transport is designed to benefit the region by cutting congestion in the Thorpe Astley and Leicester Forest East area. It should make it easier for people to have access to jobs, shops and leisure facilities.”

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) provided a £9.44m loan to fund the bridge and other infrastructure.

Karl Tupling, the HCA’s general manager for the midlands, said: “This bridge is an excellent example of how government-backed investment can provide the infrastructure needed to speed up house building.

"Our infrastructure loan, alongside the Department for Transport funding, will make sure there is easy access to a significant development of new homes.”

Richard Brooke, regional managing director at Barratt Developments PLC, said: “We are delighted to support the opening ceremony of the bridge over the M1 at our New Lubbesthorpe development.

“This event marks another milestone in the progress of the already flourishing scheme and this will hugely benefit new residents as well as the wider community.

“Our New Lubbesthorpe development is already proving to be hugely popular with buyers in the area and we expect this success to grow.”

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