Trafford driving forward a budget to benefit road and tram users
Conservative-run Trafford Council is making inroads with a multi-million pound boost to improve roads across the region as well as extensive funding for the Metrolink.
The authority has pledged to treble its spend on highways and road improvements over the next three years to £31.4m meaning travel by car, bike or on foot will be safer and more efficient than today.
Council chiefs are also providing £20m of funding for the £350m Metrolink extension through Trafford Park to intu Trafford Centre, which is currently under construction.
Welcoming the news, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Having good road and transport links is vital for economic growth, so it’s good news that Trafford Council is to include these measures in their budget.
“This Government is committed to transport across the north and by 2020 will have spent £13bn improving and modernising transport across the country.
“As the leader of Trafford Council I know Sean is keen to boost the economy and business and job growth and his Budget plans will help to drive that ambition.”
Commenting on the Budget proposals, Council leader, Sean Anstee said: “This budget is about providing excellent cost-effective services for everyone across Trafford.
“As well as the road and Metrolink funding, we are also going to spend £350k to retain lollipop men and women to ensure our children here are safe going to and from school.
“We are also looking at lowering car parking charges with the return of 20p for half an hour, the introduction of one hour and 1.5 hour price points and reduction of the all-day charge from £7 to £5.”