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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2023 4:07 pm 
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so now we are only gettiong half a bypass because this project too has been hit by HS2 style cost spirals :roll:

can't afford it :sad:

he southern leg of a town's long-awaited bypass is not currently viable due to spiralling costs, a report says.

Construction of the north and east parts of Melton Mowbray's distributor road got under way earlier this year.

However a Leicestershire County Council report said £27m of increased costs meant it cannot currently afford the southern part of the road.

Council leader Nick Rushton said they had "bent over backwards" to secure funding for the scheme.

The northern and eastern road, which is planned to relieve traffic congestion in the town centre and unlock land for new housing, will be a 4.4 mile (7km) route between the A606 Nottingham Road and the A606 Burton Road.

Plans for the southern section of the road showed it would extend the highway from the A606 Burton Road to the A607 Leicester Road, to the south-west of the town.

'Exhausted all avenues'
But the council now says the project will have to be put on hold due to increased costs.

Mr Rushton said: "We've bent over backwards trying to identify alternative funding methods and lobbied the government for more money to help us get the southern leg over the line.

"We've simply exhausted all avenues and cannot afford to build it at this point in time, given our cost pressures and inflation."

The council will have to turn down £18.2m from government agency Homes England (HE), which was conditional on the southern stretch being fully funded.

Growing construction costs, plus inflation, have hiked the cost of the £43m scheme up to £70m and under the terms of the government funding, the council would have been required to fund the gap of £27m, the council said.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2023 9:47 am 
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Of course the County Council had their discussion on this before the scrapping of the northern part of HS2 and the Government saying that the money from that would be put into other infrastucture projects which could have been the melton southern road but the County Council wont wait to find out.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2023 12:35 pm 
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Of course the County Council had their discussion on this before the scrapping of the northern part of HS2 and the Government saying that the money from that would be put into other infrastucture projects which could have been the melton southern road but the County Council wont wait to find out.


the "promises" of the money going to into road schemes is a myth any savings will be swallowed up by spiralling costs within other areas of government spending

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