Longton train stations and other transport networks around Stoke-on-Trent are set to receive £29 million of funding.
The funding is part of the government’s Transforming Cities Fund and was announced by Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, yesterday (2nd Dec).
Plans for the funding include a huge revamp of the area around Stoke-on-Trent station, where a brand-new transport hub is to be created that will offer local commuters and visitors to the city better access to taxis, buses, and cycling, while also improving walking routes to and from the station.
Further works are planned at Longton train station, with the installation of lifts, facilities to support cyclists, and new passenger-waiting shelters.
The improvements will improve accessibility to the station, encouraging more people to make use of the station and its links into the city.
In an effort to cut emissions and enhance the air quality in the region, a portion of the fund is going towards ‘active travel’ schemes. This announcement follows the Department for Transport pledging £18.5 million earlier this year to the Etruria Valley Link Road.
Construction work has now started on this important route, which is intended to lessen congestion into the city centre, boosting the local economy and providing greater access to jobs.
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said: “The Transforming Cities Fund allows cities across the UK to better connect their communities and open up access to jobs, housing and services, and this multi-million-pound investment will make it quicker and easier to get around Stoke-on-Trent, providing a real improvement to the everyday lives of residents.
“This government is committed to levelling up transport infrastructure around the country. Today’s funding announcement demonstrates this commitment, boosting the local economy whilst helping Stoke-on-Trent build back better from COVID-19.”
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Infrastructure, and Heritage, said: “This announcement is great news and a real game-changer for transport and connectivity in the city. The investment is coming at a critical time as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic and power up Stoke-on-Trent for years to come, and it will give the city a real shot in the arm.
“It’s very encouraging that the government are supporting what we are trying to achieve in the city and it’s a real endorsement for the future of Stoke-on-Trent at a national level that we have been given this money. A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes to make this bid a success and I’d like to thank everyone involved. However, the hard work really starts now as we aim to deliver the scheme in the timescales set by the government.”
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