Council’s funding bid for transport improvements

PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 June 2018

The council will use the money to improve transport links.

The council will use the money to improve transport links.

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A funding bid to secure transport improvements to road and rail services has been launched by North Somerset Council.

The authority has submitted an expression of interest to the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund.

If successful, the bid could provide the final piece of funding needed for the MetroWest phase one project, including the reopening of the Portishead railway line.

The proposals also include improving the A38 and A370 roads.

Last month, the council was ‘disappointed’ to miss out on the latest round of Government funding for the project, but senior figures denied the scheme was dead.

Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset’s deputy leader, said: “We will continue to look at every grant opportunity and to lobby the government for sufficient funding to take forward much needed rail and highway infrastructure to meet planned economic and residential growth across North Somerset.”

North Somerset is working alongside Gloucestershire county and Wiltshire councils on the bid.

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