Council hoping for government transport funding boost

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 June 2018

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Two of the busiest A-roads in the South West could be upgraded after North Somerset Council applied for Government funding to make improvements to public transport routes.

It 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.

Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council 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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