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Guide for councils on how to get £170m road cash

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Advice has been launched for local councils wanting to apply for a share of a £170m fund to remove bottlenecks on the local highway network.

The Local Pinch Point Fund will tackle obstacles on the local transport network that restrict growth by limiting the movement of goods, employees and customers.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:  “Tackling congestion and making the most of our infrastructure is essential for economic growth. We have already provided significant funding to local authorities to promote growth but more can be done.

“That is why we are providing this additional £170 million to help councils free up key bottlenecks on the highway network. This funding will unlock development sites to help local businesses and communities.”

This investment will fund improvements which have an immediate impact on growth with the aim that all schemes will be delivered as quickly as possible – funding will be available until March 2015.

The schemes delivered as part of this programme will include:

improving existing local roads to ease congestion bottlenecks, speed up journey times and improving reliability;

provision of new roads, junctions or roundabouts to improve access to business or housing development sites

strengthening or repairing of bridges or retaining walls which would otherwise lead to traffic restrictions and cause delays for traffic.

To read the advice online click here

 
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