Green light for £10.5m link road brings jobs and transport boost
A vital road link which will ease congestion and create almost 2,000 jobs is on the cards as part of a £63m funding boost for the region.
We've long championed the Woodville-Swadlincote Regeneration Route but funding has never previously been available.
Now, the development is poised to go-ahead after the Government handed the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership a £63m funding boost for schemes in its Spring budget.
D2N2, which includes councils and businesses from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, has highlighted the £10.5m scheme as one of its priority projects.
The development, which centres on a new link road from the A511 through the brownfield 'Tollgate Park' site to the A514, is expected to create 1,873 jobs and 173 homes.
Our Leader Anne Western said:
"This funding announcement is fantastic news for businesses and residents in the south of the county.
"We've been beating the drum about the need for a new road and associated developments on this site for a long time, and have done a lot of preparatory work to get things in place, but funding has never previously been available to allow it to happen.
"It will bring jobs to the area by opening up brownfield sites for development and deliver a major transport boost by reducing congestion in some of the area's worst hotspots."
Councillor Western added:
"There is still work to be done to ensure all land for the scheme is in place, and planning consent will be needed, but this is a massive leap forward for a project which is fantastic news for the area."
Residents and businesses can get more information on the proposed development during two exhibitions at Swadlincote Library on:
- Saturday 18 March, noon to 4pm, and
- Tuesday 21 March, 4pm to 7pm