Parliament returned this week and amongst all the noise regarding Brexit, lay a subject which I feel is of significant importance to the constituency, the North West Relief Road. The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership are coming to Parliament to discuss their submission for funding from the Local Growth Fund and the Large Local Major Schemes funding. Within that submission is the application for funding for the road, which I and many others believe will be of great benefit to the Town.
The proposed road would cut the journey time between the north and the west by two thirds from 19.1 minutes to 6.6 minutes, this would lead to more efficient car journeys, less congestion and lower pollution. The benefit cost ratio for the route that has been suggested is 5.4 which can be seen as good value for money based on the UK governments own criteria.
I have written to the new Prime Minister to inform her about the road and she has confirmed the Department for Transport is considering the scheme. I understand that the announcement of successful bidders is expected later this year.
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