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Date: 20/10/2017

Yesterday (19 October 2017) the Department for Transport (DfT) announced that £54.5m of funding for dualling Carrington Bridge, one of England’s most congested roads, in a project that is costing more than £60m.

The project, which featured as a key priority in the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business Manifesto 2017, has been heavily lobbied for by the Chamber, voicing feedback from Member businesses that dualling was critical for future local economic growth.

The Carrington Bridge development is part of the wider A4440 Southern Link Road improvement scheme which aims to reduce congestion and journey times, as well as boosting the local economy on a key route connecting the M5 Junction 7 and West Worcestershire.

The first two phases of improvements are complete, with the third phase of work having started in October 2015. The newly funded phase 4 will begin in 2019 where the road between the Ketch and Powick, including the bridge, will be dualled.

In addition to the Carrington Bridge funding, an extra £6.6m has been announced to ease traffic in the county, particularly looking to invest in new walking and cycling routes in Bromsgrove and Worcester.

Sophia Haywood, Policy Manager at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, commented: “Here at the Chamber, we are delighted that the Department for Transport has announced that Carrington Bridge will be dualled after years of lobbying.

“Local businesses across the county and beyond will be pleased that it’s finally on the horizon after waiting for a very long time for these infrastructure investments to be made. We thank key supporters of the investment such as the County Council, Local Enterprise Partnership and Robin Walker MP who have been great advocates and driven forward the development.”

Click here for more information on the announcement.