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A417 ‘Missing Link’ scheme receives a boost from Government


Great news for all those who want to see the A417 ‘Missing Link’ fixed as both the Treasury and the Department for Transport (DfT) are now championing the scheme and supporting Highways England’s work.

Used by more than 34,000 vehicles a day, the route is a key link between the West Midlands and London. It is known for having long journey delays.

Finding a solution is a priority for the county council, with nearly 7,000 people and businesses previously pledging their support for an improvement scheme, which is being delivered by Highways England.

Highways England (HE) has been looking at a number of different routes to solve the problem and in March this year they led a consultation with ‘route option 30’ being their preferred solution.

Now Highways England has said that the project has become a ‘Tier 1’ scheme which means that the DfT and the Treasury in Whitehall are now directly involved with the governance and oversight of the scheme.

Working more closely with the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Treasury will help ensure that all the potential benefits of the project are realised, and the needs of road users, the environment, the local community and the economy will be carefully balanced alongside affordability and value for money.

Councillor Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for economy, skills and growth said:-

“I’m delighted to hear that the A417 ‘Missing Link’ has now been promoted to a ‘Tier 1’ scheme which will mean that central government will be able to use their considerable resources to support Highways England with their work.

The county council will continue to push for a solution to the A417 ‘Missing Link’ to be built as we see it as a vital part of our county’s future infrastructure.”

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