South Gloucestershire Council has welcomed the announcement from the Department for Transport that funding has been secured for the North Fringe to Hengrove rapid transit package, worth £102m.
Commenting on the announcement, Cllr Brian Allinson, executive member responsible for transport and chair of the Joint Transport Executive Committee, said:
“We are delighted that the bid has been successful. This is exceptionally good news for South Gloucestershire’s economy and for transport as a whole across the region.”
“The North Fringe to Hengrove rapid transit scheme, along with the recent announcements about the schemes in Ashton Vale and the South Bristol link, coupled with the electrification of the Great Western Main Line rail line clearly demonstrate the benefits which can be achieved when the four West of England councils work together in partnership.”
“Securing this significant investment in the West’s transport system is further recognition of the importance central Government places on this region and the scheme will lead to more jobs being created and improved links made with communities in the north and east fringe when work starts on the scheme in two years time.”
The West of England councils have secured funding for all five of their major transport schemes. More information on the schemes is available at www.westofengland.org.
Source: South Gloucestershire Council