Leader welcomes Regional Growth Fund announcement

By on 12/04/2011 in News

Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby has welcomed the government announcement that a bid for £15.7million from the Regional Growth Fund has been successful.

The money will go towards a much-needed £32.7million transportation improvement scheme. A section of the A45 near Birmingham airport will be diverted and enhanced and the improvements will incorporate a public transport corridor, allowing better access to the airport and Birmingham International train station.

The bid, which brings together funding from both public and private sources, including Birmingham and Solihull councils, transport authority Centro and Birmingham Airport, was supported by Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

A further £10million has been provided by Centro towards the £32.7million scheme, and £7million from the airport.

Mike Whitby said: “When I became leader in 2004 I set out the key strategic issues that needed addressing if Birmingham was to grow and be a globally relevant city. One of these was New Street station, the other the extension of the runway at Birmingham airport; Birmingham and the wider LEP region cannot aim for real growth without these connections.

“The £15.7million announced today for the upgrading of the A45 will bring significant transportation and economic benefits to the region and will also remove the constraint the current road alignment has on the proposed runway extension.

“I am pleased the government has recognised the importance of the growth of Birmingham and the West Midlands.”

The immediate area is expected to see a significant economic investment as a result of the scheme.

The A45 Coventry Road will be diverted between Damson parkway and Clock roundabout to provide a dual carriageway. As a consequence of these improvements the runway at Birmingham airport would be able to be extended.

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