Major infrastructure projects funded via the LEP’s Growth Deal with Government are under way in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

Telford Eastern Gateway

A £5.2m project, including £3.6m from Local Growth Fund, which is key to maximising the opportunity linked to the Jaguar Land Rover site just 12 miles to the east of Telford. It opens up the potential of the 31 hectare T54 development site immediately next to junction 4 of the M54 and brings wider economic benefits to the automotive supply chain. The project aims to deliver 3,438 new jobs and 1,400 homes.

This project will be fully completed in 2017/18.

Project funding – Growth Deal funds: £3.6m, private sector leverage: £1.1m, and other public funding: £500k.

Telford Growth Point Package

This project concentrates on improving road capacity in Telford so they are capable of coping with anticipated increases in traffic levels as a result of significant inward investment, and also on site infrastructure to open up housing and employment sites. The development sites are Muxton, Shawbirch and Hortonwood. The scheme will address a number of pinch points on roads which are hindering growth. The package also includes sustainable travel measures to encourage cycling. It aims to create 5,369 jobs and bringing forward 2,848 new houses across the Telford & Wrekin Council area. The investment provides significant economic benefits providing a benefit cost ratio of 6.5, that is, for every £1 invested this provides a return to the economy of £6.50.

This project will be fully completed in 2017/18.

Project funding – Growth Deal funds: £13.89m, local authority funding: £300k, and private sector leverage of £3.175m

Telford Bus Station

The replacement of the existing bus station including remodelling of entrances and footpaths, supporting the regeneration of Telford town centre as well as providing an enhanced public transport interchange. The project is a key element of the overall development strategy for Telford town centre, is key to unlocking development as part of the Telford Shopping Centre masterplan, and aims to unlock 8,800 sq m of retail development land and create 365 jobs at the site (from a total of 14,358 across the borough).

This project will be fully completed in 2017/18

Project funding – Growth Deal: £1.3m and private sector leverage of £600k

Oxon Link Road, Shrewsbury

The project consists of the construction of a new single carriageway link road between Churncote Roundabout and the B4380, pedestrian bridges, crossings, two new junctions and a new roundabout, and severing Welshpool road to through traffic. The project will open up 12 hectares of employment land, leading to the creation of 2,800 new jobs in the Shrewsbury area, and will facilitate the development of 750 new homes.

This project will be fully completed in 2020/21.

Project funding – Growth Deal: £4.2m, local authority funding: £168,945 and private sector funding of £8.5m

Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package

The Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package is a five year programme which is designed to improve network capacity and includes improvements to road junctions, sustainable transport and traffic management measures, and enhancements to the public realm in the commercial centre of the town. The package aims to deliver 1,100 jobs and 1,100 homes.

This project will be fully completed in 2020/21.

Project funding – Growth Deal: £6m, local authority funding: £2.1m and private sector funding of £4m.

Hereford City Centre Transport Package

The Hereford City Centre Transport Package is a four year project, including a new link road between the A465 and A49, which will enable a mixed-use development including 800 new homes, integrated with the city centre and maximising the potential of a significant area of under-utilised land in a highly sustainable location for both Hereford and the county.

This project will be fully completed in 2020/21.

Project funding – Growth Deal funding: £16m and local authority funding of £14.545m.

South Wye Transport Package

The South Wye Transport Package includes a new 3.6km long Southern Link Road linking the A49(T) with the A465 and B4349 to the south of the city (the first leg of the Hereford relief road), integrated with a set of measures to improve travel opportunities and conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users in the South Wye area. The scheme will improve access to the Hereford Enterprise Zone, create 1,000 new jobs and 1,000 new houses, and will reduce congestion and air pollution in the Belmont area of Hereford.

This project will be fully completed in 2020/21.

Project funding – Growth Deal funding: £27m and local authority funding of £8m.

 

As well as the infrastructure projects, the Government made a commitment in the Marches Growth Deal to working with the LEP and its partner, Telford & Wrekin Council, to develop a way in which the sale of Homes and Community Agency land could benefit the local area.

For more on this, click on the link below:

£44m HCA Land Deal 

A further key infrastructure project is the development of the LEP’s designated Enterprise Zone at Skylon Park. 

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