Melton Borough Council

Government Officials visit Melton Mowbray to discuss bypass proposals 

Published Tuesday, 21st November 2017
council officials with DfT
The MBC and LCC team ready to meet DfT representatives

Melton Mowbray recently hosted a visit from the Department for Transport (DfT) to discuss the route of the proposed Distributor Road.

Melton Borough Council officials and colleagues from Leicestershire County Council met with top civil servants to discuss the next stages for the proposed road. The business case, which is due to be submitted to Government in December, seeks funding for the road from A606 Burton Road, crossing Saxby Road, Thorpe Road, Melton Spinney Road and joining A607 Nottingham Road opposite St Bartholemew’s Way.  It is expected that the road will support Melton Mowbray’s potential for growth and development while resolving public concerns over traffic conditions 

The DfT delegation were shown the route of the proposed road including several key features that the design has had to tackle, such as crossing the River Eye and railway, the Country Park and various ecological features.

Cllr Leigh Higgins, Deputy Leader at Melton Borough Council commented: 
“The visit from the Department for Transport has given us, great encouragement. While up against other bids nationally, we do have an excellent bid.
It was encouraging to hear that the DfT understood the importance for any work to start in earnest if we are to unlock our potential for economic growth, jobs and housing, as part of a thriving economy for the future of our residents. DfT were able to offer helpful feedback about the bidding process and repeated that, if successful, they would expect works to start in 2020. They found visiting the route very informative and we remain optimistic about our bid for funding. We are leaving no stone unturned to secure the funding for the road.”


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For more information please contact:

J Worley
Head of Regulatory Services
Melton Borough Council
01664 502359
jworley@melton.gov.uk