For many years, Melton has suffered from relentless congestion and delays and I share the frustrations of many residents who feel this has taken far too long to get sorted. Our traffic problems are constraining the town’s growth, and the development of a bypass will allow direct access to future housing and employment growth around the town.
After a public consultation run by Leicestershire County Council in September 2017, the Council's cabinet agreed to push ahead with a proposed 4.3-mile single carriageway. This will start from the A606 Nottingham Road to the north of the town, crossing Scalford Road, Melton Spinney Road, the A607 Thorpe Road and B676 Saxby Road, before re-joining the A606 Burton Road to the south of the town.
In December 2017, Leicestershire County Council submitted an Outline Business Case (OBC) to the Deparment for Transport for £49.5m of funding to deliver the northern and eastern sections of the MMDR. I am continuing to lobby the DfT to ensure this bid is successful. If all goes well, we will be able to start construction on our bypass by Spring 2020. I will keep you updated in the coming months.