BROMSGROVE will benefit from a multi-million pound scheme which will create nine new cycle routes and walkways to ease congestion in the town centre.
The Bromsgrove Town Centre Network: Unlocking Growth in Bromsgrove project has received £3.43m from the Department for Transport to create the new routes connecting key destinations in a bid reduce traffic congestion on major roads.
The funds will improve access to public transport sites, open up more roads for cyclists, address key local traffic ‘pinch points’ and support the development of new housing.
Coun Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “The money will be spent on improving cycling and walking routes in Bromsgrove to encourage people not to use their cars.
“The investment will provide new and improved links between the new railway station, the town centre, employment and residential areas.
“It will help to tackle congestion in the town and improve the overall air quality.”
The Bromsgrove project is among 76 across the country to be awarded funding totaling £244m, with an additional £101.3m for two new major roads in Worcester, Middlewich and Cheshire.
Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, who is also the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said: “I’m absolutely delighted Bromsgrove has been allocated £3.4million towards improving infrastructure.
“Before I became your MP, I pledged to improve infrastructure and roads across the constituency.
“It’s been my top priority and I’m thrilled that our Government is listening to the needs of constituents across Bromsgrove District.
“This Government funding will not only help to unlock growth, but it will boost the town centre and help to continue fuelling the Midland’s Engine.”
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “This government is taking the big decisions for Britain’s future and investing a record £23 billion on our roads to increase capacity and improve journeys.
“These schemes will provide much needed upgrades to essential local roads up and down the country, cutting congestion, improving safety and shortening journey times for drivers.
“They will also help boost regional economic growth by unlocking jobs and supporting vital new housing development.”
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