Fiona, who has campaigned for years for funding for a bypass in Middlewich, was delighted to welcome today the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport of £46.8m funding towards a total cost of £56.9m for the Middlewich Eastern Bypass. This will reduce congestion in the town centre and facilitate the opening up of employment land with the potential to provide over 2,000 jobs. The funding is one of only two new large local major road schemes receiving approval at the present time, and has been achieved in the face of stiff competition from towns clamouring for bypasses across the country.
Speaking with Fiona on making the announcement this morning, Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, said
'As someone who used to live just outside Middlewich, I know well just how important this project is and the difference it will make.’
"This is a massive boost for Middlewich. It puts Middlewich firmly on the economic map of the North West and should act as a rocket launcher for further investment, such as the reopening of Middlewich Railway Station for passengers. Such a huge commitment by this Government will radically improve the quality of life for Middlewich people, both reducing chronic congestion and opening up many much needed local job opportunities. I want to express my appreciation, both to Cheshire East Council for working with me on a sustained basis over many years to make a clear business case to Government for this Bypass funding - in the face of severe competition from other towns across the country, - and to Government Ministers for listening to our representations in Westminster, and responding with this fantastic announcement today."
Transport Minister, John Hayes, praised the work of the Fiona in securing the funding for Middlewich. Mr Hayes said:
"Fiona has made the case for this improvement with persuasive enthusiasm time and time again and so I am delighted with the announcement that means the economic benefit, improved safety, and better access will make so much difference to families and businesses throughout Middlewich and beyond."