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£50m of government cash to ease congestion in Melton Mowbray

Words: Laura Edgar
Melton Mowbray

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced that £49.5 million of government funding will go towards a scheme to build a 7-kilometre single carriageway road around the centre of Melton Mowbray to ease congestion.

The bypass will connect the A606 Nottingham Road to the A606 Burton Road, with roundabouts developed at Scalford Road, Melton Spinney Road, A607 Thorpe Road and B676 Saxby Road.

Walking and cycling facilities will be provided for the length of the new route.

The bypass aims to support local growth north of Melton Mowbray, where housing is to be developed. In addition, the scheme is expected to open up a number of potential housing and business sites, delivering around 4,500 homes and 6,000 jobs by 2036.

It costs £63.5 million, and Leicestershire County Council is providing the remaining £14 million.

The government funding will come from its Large Local Majors Fund.

Byron Rhodes, Leicestershire County Council’s deputy leader, has been campaigning for the bypass for a long time.

“We’ve already committed £4 million in making this scheme shovel-ready with more funding to follow and I think this has been vital in securing the money.

“It’s an exciting scheme which is part of a strategy that includes further measures to address congestion issues, air pollution, public transport improvements, and provide healthy walking and cycling options. We will shortly be confirming details of our preferred route.”

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.