Telford MP, Lucy Allan has written to the Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport, thanking his Department for the £10.3 million grant that Telford and Wrekin Council is soon to spend on upgrading the footbridge that links Telford train station to the town centre.
The money, awarded in March 2015, from the Government’s Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund will have £2 million added by the local council to enable the red footbridge to be replaced and for Hall Park Way and Rampart Way to be turned into dual carriage ways to ease the flow of traffic between the M54 and the A442.
The current footbridge that is in place does not conform to disability legislation as the slope is too steep for some disabled people to use. Work is due to start in 2017 and be completed in early 2018.
Commenting on the investment, Lucy said: “As the Council is now tendering for the work I thought it appropriate to write to the Secretary of State and thank him once again for the confidence his Department has shown in Telford.
“As a growing town, investment of this nature is key to keeping Telford moving. Not only will this bridge allow for better access between the station and the centre, the duelling of two major town centre roads will vastly improve traffic flow in the town centre.
“The Government’s repeated investment in Telford is giving us the support and encouragement we need to continue growing.”