Government offers funding to alleviate congestion ‘pinch points’

The Government has written to councils inviting them to bid for a slice of a £170 million investment aimed at alleviating traffic pinch points and bottlenecks.

Conservative councillors in Bath and North East Somerset have said that B&NES Council must take full advantage of this opportunity to secure funding to help tackle the area’s notorious congestion problems.

The Government has said councils can bid for projects requiring funding of between £1 million and £5 million, or up to £20 million in special cases, and is encouraging councils to put forward schemes which improve links to economically important sites.

Conservatives have said that several areas of the district could benefit from investment in the road network to improve traffic and are urging B&NES to begin work on a list of possible locations which could be put forward to bid for Government cash. As examples of places which could benefit from the funding Conservatives have pointed to locations such as London Road and the Cleveland Bridge and Windsor Bridge junctions in Bath, as well as Whitchurch, Hicks Gate and roads into Midsomer Norton and Radstock, but have said that residents should be asked for further suggestions.

Conservative Shadow Cabinet Member for Transport, Cllr Tim Warren (Cons, Mendip), said:

“The Government’s announcement of an extra £170 million to tackle bottlenecks and traffic jams on local roads is great news, but it’s vital that B&NES takes advantage of this.

“The notorious congestion problems in many parts of our area should make B&NES a prime location to benefit from this investment. There are a large number of pinch points, bottlenecks and congested junctions in B&NES which desperately need improving. Places like Cleveland Bridge, Windsor Bridge, Hicks Gate and roads into Midsomer Norton and Radstock spring to mind, but I’m sure residents can think of many more.

“The Council should start work straight away on producing a list of locations which could be put forward as part of a bid to secure a share of this Government investment and should be asking residents which locations would benefit most.”