A PROPOSED regeneration route to boost transport links and employment in Swadlincote has been given a fresh chance of funding.
The Derbyshire County Council cabinet member meeting for jobs, economy and transports has approved plans to include the much-anticipated Woodville to Swadlincote regeneration route within the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) Strategic Economic Plan.
The final decision will be made by the D2N2 board on March 25 but it has yielded fresh hopes after the regeneration route proposal suffered a knock back last year.
The regeneration route, if given the go ahead, will include highway improvements to help employment and development at an estimated cost of £8 million, and has the potential for early delivery.
Last year, it lost out to two other projects which were recommended to receive financial backing from the Department of Transport 2015-19.
During a meeting of Woodville Parish Council, Councillor Paul Dunn, who represents Swadlincote Central on Derbyshire County Council and helped spearhead last year’s proposal, said: “There are things happening at the moment (with the route). As for building the road itself it will cost £6 to £7 million.
“In the last 12 months we have done more on the Woodville route than in the previous four years (after he received some criticism from members of the public)
“It would take away traffic from the tollgate island.
“The fact that the chief executive is on the case speaks volumes for how seriously we are taking it.”
Also up for funding from the same pot includes the River Trent crossing and Walton bypass for £10.8 million worth of highway improvements to facilitate development such as Drakelow Park aimed at being the third river crossing, and the Swarkestone causeway, which will create an alternative route to protect the ancient monument (which currently supports an A-road) at a cost of between £12 and £20 million.
However, it is envisaged that this scheme may not be deliverable until at least 2020.