It’s not a bridge too far, says MP

Worcester News: It’s not a bridge too far, says MP It’s not a bridge too far, says MP

ROBIN Walker has stuck his neck out over the future of Worcester’s A4440 Carrington Bridge – saying he will help lobby the Government to fund the dualling of it.

Worcester’s MP has also made a plea to Worcestershire County Council to draw up the costings for the project so that he can go cap-in-hand to the Department for Transport.

It follows the news, revealed by your Worcester News on Saturday, that a £38 million plan has been created to dual the rest of the city’s southern link road by early 2018.

The county council’s Conservative leadership pledged on Tuesday that Carrington Bridge will be next in line – but it could mean having to raise another £30 to £40 million.

Mr Walker said: “It’s great news that the rest of the link road is being done and a big step forward.

“We all know the other part of it is dualling the Carrington Bridge and the county council really needs to do the work so we can put forward a bid for pinch-point funding to government.

“If we can do this entire route, it will unlock economic development across west Worcester.

"This would be something we can get the Department for Transport to look at.

“I’d want to talk to Harriett (Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire) and Bill (Wiggin, MP for North Herefordshire) on that.

"But the council needs to do the groundwork now. In terms of the rest of the route, this is definitely good news.”

Because no proper costings have been done by the county council, there are fears the bill could even climb over and above £40 million for a wider Carrington Bridge.

But there are hopes private funds can once again help fund some of it, especially as a planning application to build 800 new homes next to Dines Green is due to be considered in 2014.

That bid is by Hallam Land Management, which would be required to stump up money for transport improvements in return for planning permission in any case.

The £38 million for the rest of the route will include a contribution from Welbeck Land, which wants to build a £400 million 2,200-home development off Crookbarrow Way, as long as it gets planning approval.

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11:05am Wed 11 Dec 13

Malvern Lion says...

Dual carriageway is not needed. What is needed is a flyover the A38 to prevent traffic build-up. That is the cause of congestion.
Dual carriageway is not needed. What is needed is a flyover the A38 to prevent traffic build-up. That is the cause of congestion. Malvern Lion

11:06am Wed 11 Dec 13

copierman says...

So he should. I don,t think any South Worcestershire resident or driver who uses this route would oppose this.
A safe one for the MP to back.
So he should. I don,t think any South Worcestershire resident or driver who uses this route would oppose this. A safe one for the MP to back. copierman

11:12am Wed 11 Dec 13

Andy_R says...

It's shocking that the council haven't even bothered getting quotes for dualling the bridge, and scandalous that they are planning to make huge changes to the roundabout without knowing where the extra lanes are going to go. At the very least they could get the plans for the current bridge out of the filing cabinet and ask someone 'how much for another one of these next to the existing one?'.
It's shocking that the council haven't even bothered getting quotes for dualling the bridge, and scandalous that they are planning to make huge changes to the roundabout without knowing where the extra lanes are going to go. At the very least they could get the plans for the current bridge out of the filing cabinet and ask someone 'how much for another one of these next to the existing one?'. Andy_R

11:25am Wed 11 Dec 13

byoungccs says...

The cost of widening the Carrington Bridge will be much reduced if the reconstruction is included with the dialling project.
Major housing developments are proposed at Dines Green, Malvern Link and St Peters, the road/bridge project is essential to provide the economic uplift to West Worcester and to the Science Technology park in Malvern.
With the recent Whittington roundabout spend of £1.5million producing no apparent benefit to anyone, I believe Mr Walker and Harriet Baldwin should hold a public meeting ASAP to engage with residents and businesses both sides of the "Bridge too narrow" to develop a Plan on a page to discuss with Worcs CC regarding financial commitments from County Council and prospective House Builders.
With the leadership of both MPs, it would be valuable if a small delegation visited Westminster to support a funding request for "pinch point" funding within Government and local plans for developing Worcestershire.
Ps what does "pinch point" funding look like?
The cost of widening the Carrington Bridge will be much reduced if the reconstruction is included with the dialling project. Major housing developments are proposed at Dines Green, Malvern Link and St Peters, the road/bridge project is essential to provide the economic uplift to West Worcester and to the Science Technology park in Malvern. With the recent Whittington roundabout spend of £1.5million producing no apparent benefit to anyone, I believe Mr Walker and Harriet Baldwin should hold a public meeting ASAP to engage with residents and businesses both sides of the "Bridge too narrow" to develop a Plan on a page to discuss with Worcs CC regarding financial commitments from County Council and prospective House Builders. With the leadership of both MPs, it would be valuable if a small delegation visited Westminster to support a funding request for "pinch point" funding within Government and local plans for developing Worcestershire. Ps what does "pinch point" funding look like? byoungccs
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