Worcester’s Robin Walker has given a warm welcome to the news that the neighbouring County of Herefordshire has added its weight to his campaign to dual the Carrington Bridge. On his very last day in Parliament before leaving for the election he received a letter from the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure in Herefordshire, Councillor Philip Price, which offered the full support of Herefordshire’s Council for the project.

Robin has been working with Worcestershire County Council, the Worcestershire LEP, with neighbouring MPs in Worcestershire and with all the District Councils in South Worcestershire to press the case for the dualling of the vital bridge, which provides the link between Worcester’s M5 junctions and roads to Malvern and Herefordshire. He had written to Herefordshire MPs and the council to ask for their support and was delighted to receive this letter in the nick of time before Parliament breaks up. A copy of the letter has been sent directly to the Roads Minister in the Department of Transport, to the Worcestershire LEP and to Worcester County Council today.

The letter begins:

“I wish to add Herefordshire Council’s support for central government funding being granted to dual the Carrington Bridge and the Southern Link section of the A4440 that leads to the Powick roundabout”

And concludes:

“Accordingly we support proposals for progressing a dual carriageway at Carrington Bridge noting the potential benefits it could provide for the economic prosperity of Herefordshire. I am aware that the Worcestershire LEP has already approved a £12 million investment in Phase 3 of the scheme which starts later this year, but the full potential can only be achieved once the Carrington Bridge (phase 4) is completed.”

Commenting, Robin said:

“Finishing the dualling of the Southern Link and getting the money to dual the Carrington Bridge is unfinished business and I want to do everything I can to press the case. I joined the County Council and local MPs for a meeting at the Department of Transport with the Roads Minister earlier this year and I have raised the urgency of this project in Parliament on a number of occasions already. If I am re-elected as Worcester’s MP this will be my top priority for road improvements as I believe it could substantially reduce the traffic that affects Worcester residents and it is something that can be delivered relatively quickly. Dualling would also benefit the flood resilience of the City and the attractiveness of West Worcester as a place for new businesses.”

“Herefordshire has been right to identify the strong benefits it would bring to their County and its residents and I think this is a great example of strong, well run Counties working together to achieve common goals. Labour’s plans for top down regional control over matters such as this would leave places like Worcestershire and Herefordshire little say in their priorities and it would be a travesty if all the progress that has been made with this campaign were to be undermined by Labour’s plan for top down city regions.”

 

Notes to editors:

For Robin’s meeting with the Roads Minister in January see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/articles/view_detail.php?id=74617a2e99defa7b9a70345ca9e52262

For his previous campaigning on this issue see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/articles/view_detail.php?id=0750b7222ad8061e06deff8b6f986240

https://www.walker4worcester.com/articles/view_detail.php?id=8ab34ac00a7761f670b0990e80ae3872

https://www.walker4worcester.com/articles/view_detail.php?id=1069362cacf60942f2846acd24b61dbb

Worcestershire County Council have produced a special briefing on the case for dualing the Southern Link which can be found here:

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/downloads/file/4167/southern_link_road_improvements_phases_1_to_4_explained

Worcestershire LEP have made this project one of the key elements of their Strategic Economic Plan which can be found here:

http://www.wlep.co.uk/assets/WLEP-Final-SEP-310314-V-1-1.pdf

It is also supported by the Chamber of Commerce, the FSB, Malvern Hills District Council, Wychavon District Council and Worcester City Council.

Last year Robin backed a public petition to support full dualling of the Southern Link and details of this can be found here:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/articles/view_detail.php?id=48811c89e4bf84843385964e710a849e

Robin has spoken up in Parliament in support of dualling on a number of occasions:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm141017/debtext/141017-0003.htm#141017-0003.htm_spnew8

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm141201/debtext/141201-0001.htm#141201-0001.htm_spnew205

The meeting on the 27th January was prompted by his question to the Transport Minister on 4th December which can be found here:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm141204/debtext/141204-0001.htm#141204-0001.htm_spnew7