As part of the 2012 Autumn Statement the government announced the creation of a 'Local pinch point fund' worth £170 million to remove bottlenecks on the local highway network which are impeding growth.
The fund reflects the government's commitment to supporting economic growth by tackling barriers on the local highway network that may be restricting the movement of goods and people. The fund is aimed at those schemes that can be delivered quickly with immediate impact. The department's funding contribution (in the form of capital) is only available in 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015.
We have submitted a bid to fund improvements to Malinslee Roundabout in order to support the Southwater development in increasing capacity on the town centre highways.
Malinslee Roundabout provides an important link at a local level for Telford and the surrounding area; this includes the Town Centre, the Forge Retail Park and the Telford Bridge Retail Park. Currently the roundabout is only controlled by priority (give way) markings at the approaches.
With the expansion of Telford Town Centre and the future growth in this area, as set out in the adopted Central Telford Area Action Plan (CTAAP), the junction is predicted to experience increased congestion in the future. With the development that is already planned in the vicinity of the junction, congestion and safety risk will only worsen if not mitigated.
View our submitted application, sent to the Department for Transport on 21 February 2013.