Bid submitted for nearly £4m funding for travel in Wellington
Telford & Wrekin Council has submitted a bid for nearly £4m government cash to improve travel and transport around Wellington.
Thecouncil is hoping to make a successful bid to the National ProductivityInvestment Fund, which was launched by the Department for Transport last autumn.
Aspart of it, local authorities were asked to submit bids for funding to relievecongestion, upgrade local roads and public transport networks, unlock economicand job creation opportunities and enable the delivery of new housingdevelopments.
CouncillorLee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Finance,Commercial Services and Economic Development, said: “The Growing Wellington bidis to develop proposals to improve travel in and around Wellington to improveaccess to the town and support the vitality of the town centre.”
CouncillorAngela McClements, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Transportand Infrastructure, said: “Should the bid be successful, the funding will beused on a series of themes including intelligent transport systems, car parkingsigning and variable messaging signs, electric vehicle charging points, cyclingand walking improvements, wayfinding and upgrades to public transportinfrastructure.
Worksare planned to take place from April 2018 to the summer of 2021.
Thefirst stage will be the detailed design along with consultation and developmentof the proposals with local stakeholders.
Thispotential investment follows on from the recent investment secured for Newportthrough the Marches LEP Growth Deal 3 funding - which will see more than£300,000 spent on potential improvements in Newport town centre along with theCouncil’s continuing investment through the Council’s Pride in Our High Streetinitiative.
Fulldetails of the bid can be found at:http://www.telford.gov.uk/info/1018/streets_and_roads/3292/national_productivity_investment_fund