EVESHAM BRIDGE LOOKS MORE LIKELY TO BE REBUILT
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EVESHAM BRIDGE LOOKS MORE LIKELY TO BE REBUILT

Evesham’s MP Peter Luff has welcomed the news that the government has put the proposed rebuilding of the Abbey Bridge and viaduct into the next round of consideration of major capital transport schemes.

A letter to the MP from the transport minister Norman Baker says that the scheme will join what is known as the “Development Pool” for further detailed consideration. The county council will need to submit its final bid by 9th September and a decision will be taken in December on the funding available for all the various schemes put forward from around the country.

Commenting, Peter Luff said

“I have been working closely with local town, district and county councillors, as well as with the county council highways department. It looks as if the hard work may pay off – but we’re not there yet.

“We won’t know until December if we will get the money for the reconstruction of this vital transport artery. I urge the local community to continue its pressure on all of us so we can say to government just how much importance you all attach to this rebuilding.

“It’s good news – but we aren’t there yet. It’s also clear that we will have to prove real value for money if we are to get the go-ahead at the end of the year.”

Peter also said,

“I think we now need to start thinking about how we will handle the inevitable chaos the reconstruction itself will bring. Permanent closure of the bridge and viaduct, if we can’t rebuild them, would be catastrophic for the town – but a badly handled construction phase, during which the bridge will inevitably have to close, would be very serious too. It’s time to start planning!”

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