A £15m Government funding boost just announced will see the final piece put in place for the Melton Mowbray distributor road.
The major cash injection of £14.7m - through the Housing Infrastructure Fund - has been awarded to Leicestershire County Council, and paves the way for the southern section to be constructed from the A606 Burton Road to the A607 Leicester Road.
The county council has welcomed the news, and confirmed that work on the southern section of the distributor road is likely to be delivered as a continuation of the north and east sections of the relief road.
That scheme has already received almost £50m of Government funding which brings investment into the Melton area to around £65m.
The successful bid is aligned to Melton Borough Council’s Local Plan, which provides for the development of nearly 4,000 new homes, including the proposed 1500-home Melton South Sustainable Neighbourhood.
Construction on the north and east scheme is set to start in summer 2020 with preliminary works, which include carrying out surveys and detailed site investigations and clearances. The main build of the relief road will then follow in Spring 2021.
Now the money has been secured, there will be further engagement and consultation as the scheme is developed.
As part of work towards the Melton Mowbray Transport Strategy, a broader package of measures are also being developed which complement the relief road, including possible improvements to public transport, walking and cycling infrastructure and the town centre highway network. It is planned to produce a draft strategy for consultation.