Work needed to improve transport links in Luton town centre can now start after receiving final approval from Local Transport Minister Norman Baker today (28 March, 2013).
The scheme will see Luton Borough Council construct a link road to complete the inner ring road and changes to traffic circulation on the north side of the town centre.
Norman Baker said:
This important scheme will help to reduce congestion 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 and cyclists.
The £15.9 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 Luton town centre scheme was one of those given funding approval in December 2011 as part of the spending review process. Work can now start on construction with the project scheduled to complete in August 2014.
Notes to editors
Today’s announcement grants full (final) approval to the Luton scheme enabling work to begin. The department will provide a maximum of £15.9 million towards the full scheme cost of £24.1 million.
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