Melton’s long-awatied bypass moved a step nearer today after the Government agreed to pay nearly £3 million towards creating a business case for the relief road.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced the Melton scheme would be funded following an application by Melton Council and Leicestershire County Council.
Borough council leader, Councillor Pam Posnett, said: “I am absolutely delighted, this is the best news we have had in a long time.
“It means that we will now be able to plan the route of the proposed road and it will enable us to continue working with our residents and businesses to deliver their aspirations.”
Councillor Peter Osborne, County Hall cabinet member for transport, said: “The county council fully supports the future growth of Melton Mowbray, so we are absolutely delighted that the Government has awarded us this money.
“A relief road for the town will support up to 5,000 new homes and help to boost its economy by over £100m per year.
“This money will enable us to continue to work closely with Melton Borough Council to develop proposals for the relief road in more detail and we will continue to engage with local residents and businesses as we do so.”
The business case will be funded to the tune of £2.8 million as part of a £1.5 billion Department of Transport package of measures on the UK road network.