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£2.5m - the cost of easing village crossroad jams
9:10am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
THE cost of building a new road in Pershore to ease traffic jams around the congested Pinvin crossroads would be about £2.5 million, a report has revealed.
The feasibility study, published by Halcrow, has been long awaited by campaigners for the Northern Link road, which would connect the Wyre Piddle bypass roundabout on the A44 to the Keytec roundabout on Wyre Road.
The road has been talked about for many years and campaigners pushing for its creation have welcomed the report’s findings.
County and district councillor Liz Tucker, chairman of the campaign group, said: “We saw parts of the report a while ago, but it’s only now we can really see how the road and bridge would be achieved.
“And the cost is a fraction of what we were told originally which was more like £20 million.
It’s still a large amount of money, but we now know what we have to aim for.”
Bids to fund the road are in motion and in July Wychavon District Council, supported by Pershore Town Council, applied for £1.5 million from the Local Transport Body.
The bid was unsuccessful but the Northern Link is now firmly on the list for future funding.
Discussions have also been held with developers aiming to build some of the 600 new homes proposed in the South Worcestershire Development Plan to the north of Pershore and town councillors have also called for more consideration of the Northern Link road in plans when they have considered planning applications for the town.
Coun Tucker added: “The campaign needs many more supporters.
Anyone with a particular interest or skill that would help us achieve our aim, can contact me on 01386 462441, or e-mail email@example.com.”
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