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£14.7million investment in Transport Schemes for the South East Midlands

31 July 2013

Four transport schemes in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes have been identified as priorities for funding and submitted to the Department for Transport.

The South East Midlands Local Transport Board (SEMLTB) met this month (July) to agree a list of transport schemes to be funded from the £14.7 million that has been allocated for the South East Midlands between 2015-16 and 2018-19.

The successful four are:

  • Woodside Link in Central Bedfordshire (Total scheme cost £42m, Contribution from LTB £10m)
  • Bedford Western Bypass (Total scheme cost £16m, Contribution from LTB £2.5m)
  • London Luton Airport surface access (Total scheme cost £6m, Contribution from LTB £1.2m)
  • A421 dualling from Milton Keynes to J13 on M1 (Estimated scheme cost £17.5m, Contribution from LTB for preparatory work, £1m)

SEMLTB was set up in response to Government plans published in 2012 to devolve funding and delivery of major transport projects to groupings of local highway authorities.  It consists of four unitary authorities of Milton Keynes, Central Bedfordshire, Bedford and Luton.

In addition to the four projects given the green light the following four will also be considered within the development of the SEMLEP Strategic Economic Plan.

These are:

  • Bletchley Public Transport Interchange
  • Central Milton Keynes Public Transport Interchange
  • Milton Keynes Park and Ride
  • Northern Entrance to Luton Airport Parkway

At its July meeting the Local Transport Board renewed its commitment to work closely with the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) to deliver its Strategic Economic Plan. This will be the focus of SEMLEP’s bid for an allocation from the national Local Growth Fund of £1.1 billion, which will enable more transport projects of strategic importance to be delivered in this area.

Cllr Nigel Young is Chair of the South East Midlands Local Transport Board and Executive Member for Sustainable Communities (Strategic Planning and Economic Development) at Central Bedfordshire Council. He said: “I think that this is an excellent outcome. The Board has worked together well to produce a list of transport schemes that will deliver tangible benefits in terms of new jobs and homes for people across the whole of the area. These are really vital schemes that will have real-life impacts on our residents. ”

Dr Ann Limb OBE DL, Chair of South East Midland LEP (SEMLEP), commented: “This is good news and will provide SEMLEP with an excellent starting point for developing a Strategic Economic Plan, which will enable more economic growth to be delivered in this area.”

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