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Road upgrades will lead to new homes

Words: Laura Edgar
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The government has announced that £67 million worth of road improvements that will create more than 4,300 jobs and more than 1,700 homes for people in England.

Wigan in Greater Manchester, Marlow in Buckinghamshire, Newton in Nottinghamshire, Cumbria, and Plymouth are all set to benefit, according to the government.

Highways England will make a £16.6 million contribution towards the schemes from its Growth and Housing Fund, with private sector contributions and other public funding making up the rest of the investment.

Jim O’Sullivan, chief executive at Highways England, said the “improvements will ensure England’s strategic road network continues to make a valuable contribution to the prosperity of our country”.

“We will continue to use our Growth and Housing Fund, working with a range of local stakeholders to unlock further development sites around the country.”

The £100 million fund was set up as part of the government’s £15 billion investment in roads. It contributes financial support towards the cost of road improvements needed for new developments.

The five schemes are:

  • A404/A4155 Westhorpe Interchange improvements, Buckinghamshire

Expected to create the opportunity for up to 560 jobs at the Globe Business Park and enable over 22,000 square metres of vacant space to be used by businesses. The project will receive £1.75 million, comprising £1.18 million from the Growth and Housing Fund, £500,000 private finding and an additional £63,000 provided by the Local Enterprise Partnership. Work on the scheme is expected to start late this year/spring 2019.

  • M58 Wigan Link Road, Greater Manchester

The government said the project is designed to improve accessibility in the area, help to reduce congestion and create smoother journeys for drivers. The scheme will also unlock the Pemberton Park development site and 250 new homes and support the delivery of another 170 homes and 2,600 jobs at the neighbouring ‘Bell Site’. The £23.6 million package includes £5 million from the Growth and Housing Fund, a public funding contribution from Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council, £10.9 million from the Greater Manchester growth deal, and £3.1 million provided by private developers.

  • A46 RAF Newton, Nottingham

A new link bridge over the A46 will be installed with the aim of connecting the former RAF Newton site with transport links and public amenity services in central Bingham. The scheme will receive £2.9 million from the Growth and Housing Fund and £970,000 of private funding. It is expected to unlock the land to create up to 550 local homes, said the government.

  • A590 Cross-a-Moor, Cumbria

An upgrade of the existing junction at Cross-a-Moor, Cumbria, will see it changed into a four-arm roundabout that will provide a number of local development sites with direct access to the A590 trunk road. The £5.05 million scheme is made up of £3.05 million from the Growth and Housing Fund and £2.03 million in third-party match funding.The scheme is expected to unlock 106 local homes, and three further sites with the potential to deliver 895 more homes.

  • Forder Valley Link Road, Plymouth

The £37.84 million package of works includes the construction of the Forder Valley Link Road, which will connect the A386 at Derriford to the A38 to the east of Plymouth. Allocated £4.47 million from the Growth and Housing Fund, the link road forms part of a range of transport interventions that aim to accommodate a number of developments and will unlock up to 651 homes, and 1,227 additional jobs, according to the government. The scheme will be funded by a private match of £6.4 million. The local enterprise partnership and the local authority support the project, with £22.55 million of other public (LEP) funding also being brought forward.

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