BEDFORD’s Western Bypass is set to be completed thanks to a £4.5 million cash injection from the government, it was announced on May 31.
The funding comes as part of a £165 million pot which has been divided between towns and cities across the UK to help relieve congested roads.
The money will help complete the bypass which has been in the pipeline for over 30 years.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “A completed Bedford Western Bypass has been planned for over thirty years and the overwhelming need for this final phase is obvious to everyone. We have made significant progress and continue to remove the barriers that have stood in the way of this crucial project for our Borough.
“Our success in obtaining a further £4.5million from government represents more progress towards delivering this road which will do so much to bring vital jobs and economic growth for the borough.”
Other proposed schemes to tackle the issues across the country include improvements and upgrades to vital roads and bridges, new access routes and enhancements to address congestion at local traffic hotspots.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, said: “This government is taking action on both jobs and growth. The schemes we have announced today are designed to target key bottlenecks around the country, making life easier for the thousands of motorists and businesses who use the local road network every day.
“Investing in these schemes shows that the government is serious about accelerating growth where it is needed most. These schemes have the potential to help create more than 100,000 jobs and around 100,000 new homes. I look forward to seeing works underway as soon as possible.”
Written by RUPERT MARQUAND