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Council leader makes direct plea to PM for new bridge

Worcester Editorial 25th Feb, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

THE LEADER of Worcester City Council has called on the Prime Minister to pay for a second bridge in the city.

Coun Adrian Gregson has written to the Government after record floods forced the closure of Worcester Bridge causing gridlock in the city centre and surrounding roads.

David Cameron visited Upton-upon-Severn last week to see the effects of flooding in Worcestershire, but did not make the trip to the Faithful City to see the disruption it had caused which disappointed Coun Gregson.

“It’s a pity David Cameron did not visit Worcester itself, because I would have been able to show him the misery our businesses face when the only river crossing in the city has to be closed because of high water levels on the Severn,” he said.

“The closure of the bridge made it very difficult to visit our city centre from the west and south, and many of our businesses really struggled as a result.”

Plans for a second traffic bridge have been discussed since 2010, when they proposed a northern link relief road in the city, but since then no progress has been made.

“If the Prime Minister wants to be true to his word when he says money is no object, then he needs to dig deep to find the cash to pay for the building of a second river crossing within the city boundary,” Coun Gregson added.

“The River Severn floods regularly and we need to ensure our great city’s businesses do not suffer every time it happens. We need to keep traffic moving so that Worcester can develop as a city of prosperity, ambition and opportunity.”

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