This week Bath MP Ben Howlett received confirmation from Highways England that a new link road between the A36/A46 is now included within the next strategic planning phase for road networks across England.
Ben Howlett, the Member of Parliament for Bath, has been championing a new link road to the east of Bath since his election last year.
Ben said: “I am so pleased to have received confirmation that the A36/46 link road has been included in the evidence for the next phase of the Route Strategies process by Highways England.
“The A36 and A46 which passes through Bath are both major routes which form part of the strategic road network and are operated by Highways England.
“Having already met with John Hayes, the Minister of State at the Department of Transport to discuss the project I am delighted that it will be formally considered within the Route Strategies process which is a step nearer to the project coming to fruition and a full feasibility study being undertaken.
“Bath and North East Somerset Council have worked hard behind the scenes to ensure that the information is available to Highways England to enable the next phase, a full feasibility study, to be undertaken.”
BANES Council Leader, Tim Warren said: “The Transport and Highways team here at the Council are working on a number of strategic initiatives with a view of improving transport across Bath.
“Working in conjunction with Highways England I am also delighted that we have taken another step forward to a link road to the east of the city.
“Major infrastructure projects such as the A36/46 link road take significant planning, and we are working to ensure that the Bath’s voice is heard at a national level and very much hope this means the feasibility study can proceed rapidly.”
Ben has also been collecting signatures on his parliamentary petition in support of the project which now totals over 2000.