£2.8m. flyover cash bid

FLYOVER PRIORITY: Money could be spent on the Centenary Way flyover to boost economic growth.
FLYOVER PRIORITY: Money could be spent on the Centenary Way flyover to boost economic growth.

Extra cash could be found for vital maintenance work to the Centenary Way viaduct in Burnley after it was prioritised as part of a wider plan to boost economic growth over the next decade.

Extra cash could be found for vital maintenance work to the Centenary Way viaduct in Burnley after it was prioritised as part of a wider plan to boost economic growth over the next decade.

The £2.8m. towards the estimated £3.2m. total cost of work to the Centenary Way viaduct, which carries the principal A682 road through the centre of Burnley, would be provided by Transport for Lancashire if it is deemed to be “value for money”.

The new transport body will bring together public and private sector investment to build the infrastructure needed to help businesses create jobs, and allow people to access them.

Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council have joined forces with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to create the new body to develop, approve and fund major transport schemes with a multi-million budget to be devolved by the Department for Transport (DfT) from 2015/16.

Edwin Booth, chairman of the LEP, said: “The improvements to transport infrastructure we’ve agreed today are critical to ensure our plans to create jobs and foster economic growth become a reality.”

The priority schemes have now been submitted to the Department for Transport while the councils do further work to prepare the business cases to fund them.

Each scheme will have to undergo full appraisal and demonstrate that it will achieve value for money in order to eventually receive funding.

For further information visit www.lancashirelep.co.uk