UK govt announces funding for North West Relief Road in Shrewsbury

WCN Editorial Team 22 Mar 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The UK Department for Transport (DfT) will provide £54m for the construction of the North West Relief Road, between Battlefield Link Road and Oxon Link Road, which will provide a new, single-carriageway route taking traffic out of the town centre.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling granted approval for the new multi-million pound relief road, which will provide smoother journeys to the drivers in Shrewsbury.

The new road is expected to reduce congestion and also lead to improved air quality in the town centre.

Grayling said: “The North West Relief Road is just what Shrewsbury needs to reduce congestion in and around the town.

“We are investing £54 million in this exciting new scheme, helping drivers get from A to B more quickly, while improving air quality for residents.”

The scheme will include two new bridges, as well as accessible crossings allowing cyclists, pedestrians and vulnerable users to travel safely.

Shropshire Council cabinet member for highways and transport Steve Davenport said: “This announcement is brilliant news and means that our thorough and detailed business case for a Shrewsbury North West Relief Road has been recognised and supported by the government.

“Today’s announcement really is the culmination of many years’ hard work by a great number of people and it’s been a real team effort between council officers, councillors, MPs, our engineering consultants and many more.

“The North West Relief Road will benefit not just Shrewsbury but the whole of Shropshire and, though there is some way to go before the road is built and in use, securing this funding from the government is a huge step towards making this much-needed road a reality.”

A shared footpath and cycleway will be constructed on the southern part of the road, with open space on either side.

The £54m is in addition to a £1.8bn investment in improving motorway and schemes across the Midlands, as well as providing £176m in 2018 for road maintenance and small transport projects.

Work on the North West Relief Road project is likely to commence in 2022.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Image: UK govt announces funding for North West Relief Road in Shrewsbury. Photo: Courtesy of Shropshire Council.

With 11 websites and newsletters covering all the key areas within the construction industry, World Construction Industry Network is the leading global construction information resource. READ ABOUT US
PRIVACY POLICY

STAY IN TOUCH!

LATEST TWEETS

World Construction Network | www.worldconstructionnetwork.com is a product of GlobalData. Copyright © 2021 GlobalData. All rights reserved.