4th Dec, 2016

Cash boost for Evesham transport improvement plans

Joshua Godfrey 25th Feb, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

COUNCIL chiefs have set aside £150,000 to improve Evesham’s transport network once the long awaited traffic study is carried out.

The cash injection was announced as part of Wychavon District Council’s budget which was backed by councillors at a full council meeting on Wednesday (February 24) as part of a plan to make the town an easier place to visit.

As the Observer previously reported, a traffic study will be carried out by highways chiefs at Worcestershire County Council to find ways of improving Evesham’s congestion woes.

The assessment will also look at the impact of future housing developments and project traffic levels for the next 15 to 20 years.

The £150,000 will then be used to fund any projects that the findings of the study recommends should be carried out to improve the traffic situation.

Pershore will also get £150,000 that could go towards the creation of the Northern Link road which would help ease congestion and make it easier to access the town.

Cash for the projects is coming from the council’s New Homes Bonus fund- money handed to local authorities by the Government for new homes that are built and then occupied.

Coun Lynne Duffy, portfolio holder for resources on Wychavon District Council, said: “It’s because we have a solid financial plan that we are able to invest in these schemes which will bring huge benefits to traders, visitors and residents.”