Work needed to improve the town centre of Loughborough and move traffic onto a new inner relief road can now start after receiving final approval from Local Transport Minister Norman Baker today (14 March 2013).
The scheme will see Leicestershire County Council deliver improvements to the A6004 junction, completion of the inner relief road, and improvements to the town centre.
Norman Baker said:
This important scheme will help to reduce traffic demand on the town centre road network and help regenerate the town encouraging economic growth and inward investment.
It will improve public transport facilities and improve accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists and people with disabilities.
The £14.8 million we are putting into this scheme shows that the coalition government is serious about investing in the infrastructure the country needs to drive economic growth.
The scheme will:
- connect those parts of the town separated by the A6 to help regenerate the town centre
- remove most vehicles from the A6 Market Place by diverting traffic onto the completed purpose built Loughborough Inner Relief Road
- reduce accidents in the town centre
- provide a safe and attractive environment for people in the town centre
The Loughborough scheme was one of those given funding approval in 2011 as part of the spending review process. Work can now start on the construction with the project scheduled to complete in autumn 2014.
Notes to editors
Today’s (14 March 2013) announcement grants full (final) approval to the Loughborough scheme enabling work to begin.
The department will provide a maximum of £14.8 million towards the full scheme cost of £17.1 million.
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