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Relief road decision welcomed by council

Government announces nearly £50m of funding to support scheme

Byron Rhodes in Melton
Byron Rhodes in Melton

The county council has expressed delight at the announcement of a £49.5m Government contribution towards the building of a relief road for Melton Mowbray.

The successful bid to the Department for Transport (DfT) Local Major Schemes Fund signals the green light for further preparation work ahead of a road-building programme starting in 2020.

 

It’s great news that the Government is backing our plans to develop a relief road. We’ve committed £4m in making this scheme shovel-ready and we will also provide further funding. I think this has been vital in securing the money.

“It’s an exciting scheme which is part of a strategy which includes further measures to address congestion issues, air pollution, public transport improvements, and provide healthy walking and cycling options.

“Melton is a vibrant market town, but traffic congestion is affecting both residents and businesses. The idea of a relief road was first mooted 40 years so this is really welcome news. The road will take traffic away from the town centre and provide access to future housing and employment areas

 

Work has already been carried out ahead of the bid announcement to develop designs, carry out traffic studies and work with partners and landowners.

The county council has also worked closely with the borough council, who contributed around £400,000 to develop the proposals. The borough council’s Local Plan includes construction of over 6,000 new homes and development of 51 hectares of employment land around Melton Mowbray to 2036.

A planning application will now be developed and submitted to Leicestershire County Council with further opportunities - following the previous consultation in September 2017 - for residents and businesses to comment on the proposals.

The distributor road would link the A606 Nottingham Road to the north of the town, with the A606 Burton Road to the south.

Evidence shows that, while the A607 from Leicester is the busiest route into the town, the greatest level of ‘through traffic’ is on the A606 corridor.

In 2016, work was carried out to consider options for a distributor road. Evidence showed that an eastern route (A606 to A606) performed significantly better than a western route.


 

 

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