I agree that we have waited long enough and I share the frustrations of those suffering from the endless congestion and delays. The Government has given £2.8 million to draw up the plans for the bypass, which means there can be detailed evidence gathering and a consultation exercise. This consultation is due to take place in September 2017. There are many complexities surrounding the specific route that the bypass will take and I would urge everyone to take part and have your say to ensure we get what Melton deserves.
Following this timetable, we could be on site to start building the bypass in March 2020. I will continue to work closely with Leicestershire County Council and Melton Borough Council to make sure this happens.
Last week the Government announced a multi-billion pound fund to combat congestion in towns and cities across England. This cash will aim to improve local roads that were “de-trunked” by Labour nearly two decades ago and is part of a fund totalling more than £61 billion to 2020/21 that will upgrade the road and rail network.
We need to ensure Leicestershire receives a fair proportion of this much-needed funding. I will make my case to Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, personally to get clarification on what this might mean for Melton and what improvements we can see in the future. We need to get Melton moving again and ensure our town can continue to grow and prosper in a way that benefits everyone.