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Big project will see Carrington Bridge dualled

Rob George 26th Oct, 2017

THE BIGGEST road construction project in Worcestershire for decades has been given the green light after the Government confirmed a £54.5million investment into the Carrington Bridge.

Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution, confirmed the cash during a visit to the county last Thursday.

Long suffering motorists will now see the bridge from West Worcester to the M5 turned into a dual carriageway in a project that is costing more than £60million.

An estimated 30,000 vehicles drive along it each day and it’s one of the county’s most congested roads.

The first two phases of the planned improvements have been delivered and construction of the third phase started in October 2015.

Dualling the bridge forms part of the wider A4440 Southern Link Road improvement scheme which will relieve congestion, reduce journey times and improve journey time reliability as well as being an important boost for the local economy.

Phase 4 of the scheme includes dualling the road between Ketch and Powick, including Carrington Bridge and work is set to start in 2019.

Speaking at the site, Mr Norman said: “The Government is investing in the biggest roads upgrade in a generation and today we have announced a further £345million of funding for improving local roads to cut congestion, improve safety and shorten journey times.

“This includes £54.5million for the Worcester Southern Relief Road improvements, which will provide much needed congestion relief for local residents, as well as boosting jobs and local economic growth.”

Worcestershire County Council leader Coun Simon Geraghty, said: “This is fantastic news for Worcestershire. It will complete one of the county’s biggest capital construction projects.

“The expansion of Carrington Bridge will enable us to dual all the way from the west of Worcester to the M5.

“It will improve journey times and the reliability of the network. It will be a big boost for Malvern and it will reduce traffic congestion in Worcester.

“Worcestershire already has one of the fastest growing economies in the country and the completion of the Southern Link Road will make the county even more attractive as a place to live, work and invest.”

 

WORCESTER MP Robin Walker welcomed the Government’s announcement of the biggest transport investment in Worcestershire County Council’s history.

The investment marks the culmination of a campaign which has seen the MP welcome a number of ministers to Worcester to see the bridge and press for the investment.

As well as bringing the then Transport Secretary Patrick McLaughlin to see it for himself during the 2015 election campaign and the Communities Secretary and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, Robin has also pressed the case with new Roads Minister Jesse Norman MP.

Speaking after the announcement, he said: “I am thrilled to be able to welcome this historic investment in Worcester’s roads today – the biggest transport infrastructure investment in the County Council’s history.”

“The dualling of the Southern Link has been one of my top priorities for the city since I was first elected, and am I so pleased that the Government has heard the case and provided the funds necessary to make this vital road improvement a reality.”

“Traffic congestion is perhaps the last remaining factor preventing Worcester from reaching its true potential as one of the UK’s top cities in which to live, work and study – this improvement will go an awfully long way to changing that, as well as providing a vital economic boost to the city and the wider county.”

“In addition to the Southern Link funding, I am also very pleased to welcome the additional £3.2million of funding to ease congestion in the city centre.

“This important scheme will improve both traffic flow and air quality, as well as bringing improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists travelling along the main corridors through the city.”

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