The Member of Parliament for Burton and Uttoxeter has delivered on one of her key campaign pledges to secure funding for upgrades to the A50 with the Government committing today to investing in the A50/A500 corridor improvements.
The A50 regularly sees traffic build-up in Uttoxeter as a result of the McDonald's and Derby Road roundabouts that disrupt traffic flow. Proposals developed by Midlands Connect, backed by the local MP, will see the road layout reconfigured to ease congestion, improve road safety and reduce air pollution locally.
Following the Prime Minister’s Party Conference Speech, it was confirmed that the A50/A500 would be one of the projects to benefit from the £9.6billion that is being reinvested from Phase 2 of HS2 into improving local and regional connections that people in the Midlands and the North want to see, and which will drive jobs, growth and create a more modern economy.
Local MP, Kate Kniveton, has been at the forefront of making the case for investment into the A50/A500 as Project Champion for the North Midlands Manufacturing Corridor, alongside Midlands Connect, who have been working to develop transport proposals in the region.
Commenting, Kate Kniveton MP said:
“When I was first elected, I committed as one of my top priorities to secure this investment for the A50. As Project Champion for the North Midlands Manufacturing Corridor, I have worked closely with neighbouring MPs, our Councils and Midlands Connect to make the case for these infrastructure upgrades to the A50.
“What the Prime Minister has announced today will mean the improvements we have been calling for, with the significant benefits to our region will be delivered. Congestion in and around Uttoxeter will be eased and road safety will be improved. This is a long-term decision for a brighter future, and I could not be more pleased about this announcement!”