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£266m transport revamp for Worcestershire
2:30pm Sunday 13th April 2014 in News
A £266 million plan to revamp roads and other forms of transport across Worcestershire has been revealed - in a bid to finally solve the county's congestion headaches.
Business and council leaders have teamed together to draw up a blueprint of 19 major infrastructure revamps aimed for completion by 2021.
It includes bids of £173 million from central Government, and if accepted the likes of Worcestershire County Council and the Highways Agency will put the remaining £93 million into the kitty themselves.
The package, which includes projects such as £24 million to improve the A38 in Bromsgrove, has been put together by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which is competing for Government handouts worth £2 billion every year between next April and 2020.
It was revealed last week that the plan, put together with input from all Worcestershire's councils, MPs and more than 150 organisations, totals bids worth £250 million, making transport more than half the total ask.
Peter Pawsey, LEP chairman, said: "This is the first step to securing major changes for the better to Worcestershire's physical infrastructure."
Councillor Simon Geraghty, county council deputy leader, added: "These aren't minor proposals, this is a real step-change for Worcestershire's future transport needs."
A first announcement by the Government on next year's successful bidders is due in July.