£15m relief road for Loughborough given go-ahead by minister
The green light has been given for work to begin on Loughborough's £15 million inner relief road.
Final approval was received from local transport minister Norman Baker yesterday.
Leicestershire County Council will pedestrianise the A6 through the town centre and send traffic along the relief road on it eastern edge.
Mr Baker said:"This important scheme will reduce traffic demand on the town centre road network and help regenerate the town, encouraging economic growth and inward investment.
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"It will improve public transport facilities and improve accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists and people with disabilities.
"The £14.8 million we are putting into this scheme shows the Government is serious about investing in the infrastructure the country needs to drive economic growth."
The scheme's aim is to connect parts of the town separated by the A6, help regenerate the town centre, remove most vehicles from Market Place, reduce accidents and provide a safe and attractive environment.
It was approved in 2011 during the spending review.
Work can now start on construction, with the project scheduled to be completed in the autumn of next year.
Councillor Lesley Pendleton, County Hall's lead member for transport, said: "I'm delighted the Government has approved the funding for this scheme.
"I hope it will attract further investment, development and regeneration to help secure a prosperous future for Loughborough."