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£9m needed to make Telford ring road two-way

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A bid for nearly £9 million of Government cash is to be lodged so vehicles can travel in both directions on the main road which goes around Telford town centre's shopping complex. A bid for nearly £9 million of Government cash is to be lodged so vehicles can travel in both directions on the main road which goes around Telford town centre's shopping complex. The four roads – Woodhouse Central, Lawn Central, Grange Central and Coach Central – which form a square around the shopping centre are currently one-way. Telford & Wrekin Council chiefs believe making the route – known as the box road – two-way would help traffic flow more easily around the town and also link the town centre to the new £250 million Southwater development. [24link]

A bid for nearly £9 million of Government cash is to be lodged so vehicles can travel in both directions on the main road which goes around Telford town centre's shopping complex.

The four roads – Woodhouse Central, Lawn Central, Grange Central and Coach Central – which form a square around the shopping centre are currently one-way.

Council chiefs believe making the route – known as the box road – two-way would help traffic flow more easily around the town and also link the town centre to the new £250 million Southwater development.

The authority is one of 13 that has been encouraged to apply for cash from the Department for Transport's Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Telford & Wrekin Council's cabinet is expected to approve the commissioning of a full business plan to submit with the bid at a meeting on Thursday.

The request for £8.8 million would be supplemented by £3 million from the council and contributions from developers. The business plan will cost an estimated £100,000 and be met using spare cash in the highways and transport budget.

Councillor Hilda Rhodes, cabinet member for transport, environment and community protection, said: "The scheme is integral to link existing development sites such as the shopping centre with new development sites such as the Southwater development area."

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