Conservative Greater Manchester Mayoral candidate Laura Evans has welcomed the news that three projects have been given the green light to proceed, as the Prime Minister announced plans to invest £5 billion in infrastructure to kickstart the country’s economic recovery from coronavirus.
Daisy Hill bridge deck replacement in Bolton will receive £2.5M from the Government, along with £0.5M of local funding, to proceed. Highway drainage improvements in Tameside will receive £1.11M from the Government along with £0.24M of local funding. In Oldham, Waterloo St & Wellington St Bridges will receive £4.174M in local funding and £1.109M of local funding to refurbish and strengthen the two key bridges.
They are 3 of 29 local road projects which are receiving a share of £100 million, as part of the Conservative Government’s plans to reignite local economy, connect communities and speed up the recovery as lockdown eases.
The Conservatives were elected last December on a promise to level up infrastructure across the whole country. Today’s announcement is an important stage in that process, and has become even more important following the coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a ‘New Deal’ which puts jobs and infrastructure at the centre of the Government’s economic growth strategy.
Commenting, Laura said:
“I am delighted that Greater Manchester will be one of the very first beneficiaries of the Prime Minister’s New Deal for Britain, kickstarting our recovery from coronavirus.
“These three projects will bring huge benefits to Greater Manchester, alleviating traffic problems, reducing congestion, pollution and better connecting our community with the rest of the country.”
Commenting, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
“As the country begins the recovery from Covid-19, we need to get on the front foot and invest in infrastructure in every region to reignite the economy, helping better connect people with work and leisure in the future.
“By investing £100m in local roads and reaffirming our commitment to better connecting communities, we are not just talking about levelling up – but making it happen.”