Local MPs meet with the Transport Secretary to discuss viaduct repairs

Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore met with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and other local MPs Luke Hall and Jack Lopresti to discuss further Government investment to repair the viaducts in Bromley Heath.

The Government has already invested £13.95 million of the £15.5 million of the cost of the A4174 viaduct refurbishment, as well as giving a further £1.1 million to the local area as part of the National Productivity Investment Fund for 2017/2018.   

This is all in addition to the £5,888,000 South Gloucestershire will receive this as part of the Government’s local road maintenance scheme – a 26% increase on last year. Local highway authorities decide how this money is spent, including upgrades to road surfacing, bridges, street lighting and other local road maintenance projects that improve journeys for motorists and cyclists.

Chris said:

“Though the Government has already invested £13.95 million for the work to the Avon Ring Road, as the local MP I am committed to getting the maximum possible investment for our roads in our area. That is why I took the issue to the very top and met with the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP to discuss the potential of further Government investment to refurbish the viaducts.

Last year I successfully secured the £500k of Government funding needed to conduct the Strategic Study on the Avon Ring Road which aims to assess the impact the proposed junction 18A will have on the local transport structure. This study will be completed by February 2018 which will be in time for the applications into the next round of Government funding.

This year local road-users will also benefit from a dedicated £362,000 pothole fund, which will help fill up to 6,830 potholes in the next 12 months – a 31% increase on last year.”