Melton Borough Council

Funding for the Melton Bypass approved 

Published Thursday, 17th May 2018

Funding for the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road has been approved today (Thursday 17 May 18) by the Department of Transport. 

Leader of the Council, Cllr Joe Orson said: 

“I am delighted to hear the news that the funding for the relief road has been approved. We have listened to residents and undertaken various studies, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, which I am really pleased to say has finally paid off.  It has been a long journey to get to this stage but this is a key milestone for the project which will greatly improve the traffic concerns in the town as well as develop the infrastructure to support our plans for growth and development in Melton Mowbray.” 

The scheme will receive £49.5 million funding from the Department of Transport with a further £14 million from joint contributions from Leicestershire County Council, Melton Borough Council and developers. 
The proposal put forward is for a single carriageway road around the east of the town from the A606 Burton Road, crossing Saxby Road, Thorpe Road, Melton Spinney Road and joining A607 Nottingham Road opposite St Bartholemew’s Way. Walking and cycling facilities will also be provided for along the whole route. 

Byron Rhodes, Leicestershire County Council’s deputy leader said:

“It’s great news that the government is backing our plans to develop a relief road. We’ve already committed £4 million in making this scheme shovel-ready with more funding to follow and I think this has been vital in securing the money. It’s an exciting scheme which is part of a strategy which includes further measures to address congestion issues, air pollution, public transport improvements, and provide healthy walking and cycling options. We will shortly be confirming details of our preferred route.”

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:

“This government is investing record amounts in our roads, spending £6 billion to improve journeys in our towns and cities and boost local economies. Heavy congestion has become a real issue for Melton Mowbray and a new bypass around the town centre will really make a difference by easing traffic and improving every day journeys.”

The bypass is set to pave the way for 6,000 jobs and 4,500 homes in and around Melton Mowbray by 2036.

Plans also include bridges over the railway line and River Eye, as well as 6 roundabouts to keep traffic flowing.

The funding comes from the government’s Large Local Majors Fund, providing the infrastructure that is vital for economic growth.


For more information please contact:

Name:  Sarah-Jane O’Connor
Melton Borough Council
Telephone: 01664 502460