I am absolutely delighted that the Department for Transport have approved a grant of £49.5 million to enable our bypass to go ahead. This followed years of hard campaigning by many local groups and councillors, and is something I have lobbied for over a very long time. We have had the discussions, the surveys and the thorough assessments, and now we finally have the required funds to make this much needed improvement to our local road infrastructure a reality.
As many residents will have already seen, this week Leicestershire County Council announced the revised preferred route. The road will run to the north and east of Melton, starting on the A606 Nottingham Road and crossing Scalford Road, Melton Spinney Road and Thorpe Road (A607,) before re-joining the A606 Burton Road.
It is important, as with any other major project, that local stakeholders are properly consulted, and I am glad that the County Council has taken the views of residents, businesses and landowners into account, making amendments to the route. It is vital that we now continue to work with local groups and organisations to ensure the next few years go as smoothly as possible. This amenable approach has already led to the Council liaising with both Natural England and the Environment Agency to protect the River Eye site, and also moving the road further away from Melton Country Park.
The Government is working hard to improve the UK’s road network, and we are currently mid-way through the first five-year £15 billion Road Investment Strategy, which aims to treble investment in road enhancement projects over the coming years. Projects like this not only make it easier for local road users to get from A to B - they also boost regional economies, create jobs and often free up land for housing. I am very pleased these proposals are coming to fruition.