Fund­ing call for five ‘vi­tal’ transport schemes

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A BID for more than £42mil­lion of Gov­ern­ment money has been made by Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil to fund five road and transport schemes.

The ma­jor schemes, cost­ing an es­ti­mated to­tal of £58.4mil­lion, are ‘vi­tally im­por­tant’ for the county’s con­tin­ued growth and eco­nomic pros­per­ity, says coun­cil leader Martin Tett.

They build on Bucks County Coun­cil’s in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment pro­gramme, funded over the past few years by £53mil­lion from pre­vi­ous bids.

These have made pos­si­ble the development of an al­ter­na­tive traf­fic route through High Wy­combe, a re­lief road for Bea­cons­field, link roads for Stock­lake, Ayles­bury, and the town’s east­ern flank, and a new cy­cle­way/ foot­way be­tween Buck­ing­ham and Winslow.

The lat­est bid in­cludes pro­pos­als for:

Two new link road projects for Ayles­bury;

Road and transport im­prove­ments for Cres­sex Business Park, High Wy­combe;

Sus­tain­able transport cor­ri­dors along the Grand Union Canal from Wen­dover and Ayles­bury; and

A study to as­sess longterm im­prove­ments along the A418 cor­ri­dor.

The County Coun­cil bid is di­vided be­tween the Gov­ern­ment ’s £1,800mil­lion Lo­cal Growth Fund through Buck­ing­hamshire Thames Val­ley Lo­cal En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship (LEP), and a £425mil­lion pot for large lo­cal ma­jor bids held by the Depart­ment for Transport.

A de­ci­sion is ex­pected around the time of Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond’s Au­tumn State­ment in No­vem­ber.

Mr Tett said: “Buck­ing­hamshire is a fast grow­ing county that con­trib­utes hugely to the na­tional ex­che­quer. It is es­sen­tial that we bid for and ob­tain the money nec­es­sary for the in­fra­struc­ture, such as transport, to sup­port that growth. Our res­i­dents ex­pect noth­ing less.”

The dif­fer­ence be­tween the County Coun­cil’s bid and each project’s to­tal cost will be met by de­vel­oper con­tri­bu­tions.

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