TOWN MUST START BRIDGE CAMPAIGN SAYS LUFF
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TOWN MUST START BRIDGE CAMPAIGN SAYS LUFF

The government is delaying taking a decision on funding a new Abbey Bridge and Viaduct in Evesham, but there’s all to play for according to the town’s MP, Peter Luff.

He is calling for a huge civic campaign to back an appeal to the government to provide the money for this vital transport link.

Peter was commenting after receiving a response from the Department of Transport following his letter to the Secretary of State in June urging him to find the money for the scheme. The Department has now told Peter that, following the Spending Review, the pipeline of schemes prioritised under the previous system of Regional Funding Allocations is not affordable in full and that “tough decisions will be necessary to get the best value from public funding.”

The letter from the Department of Transport informed Peter that Abbey Bridge is one of a number of schemes on which “we do not have comparable and up to date information with which to make a decision”.

Commenting, Peter said,

“The Department of Transport are making decisions by January on which schemes will join what they are calling the Development Pool. They aim to take decisions on schemes in the Development Pool by the end of 2011 so we need to act now to do everything we can to secure the financial support for the Bridge.”

“So now we must all pull together in a major community effort to highlight the importance of the funding needed to make the replace the old bridge. Evidence of overwhelming local support could really make the difference.”

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