£35 million to improve busy city centre junction and access to arena site
A SERIES of road schemes and improvements are to go ahead in Bristol and North Somerset after the area was awarded just under £35 million of government funding.
The projects include the reshaping of one of the busiest road junctions in the centre of the city and the first part of the work designed to bring a long- awaited indoor arena to Bristol.
The new pot of cash has come from the Revolving Infrastructure Fund which was set up by the Local Enterprise Partnership to remove barriers and allow crucial developments to go ahead.
Almost £21 million is to be invested in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone in Bristol to pay for 17 separate highway, road and pedestrian infrastructure schemes along with a major remodelling of the Temple Circus roundabout.
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The plans include creating new access roads for the former diesel depot site which has been earmarked for the new indoor arena.
Other improvements include new bridges improving pedestrian and cycle access to the Enterprise Zone.
The improvements will see the rapid transit scheme linked to the Temple Quarter and an anti-clockwise city centre loop.
There will also be improvements on Cattle Market Road linked to the Homes and Communities Agency funded bridge that provides access to the diesel depot site.
An area close to Junction 21 of the M5 will see a £12 million cash injection to provide crucial flood relief measures and a separate scheme which will increase outbound capacity at the motorway junction.
Gainsborough Square in Lockleaze will see £750,000 to help with public realm works and an improved highways infrastructure as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Lockleaze.
Colin Skellett, chairman of the LEP, said: "When the Local Enterprise Partnership was set up we said our primary task was to remove barriers to economic growth and free up business to increase the number of jobs.
"In fact we set ourselves an ambitious target of 95,000 new jobs by 2030. This is an important step towards that goal, using money from the government's Regional Growth Fund to clear away blockages which will allow development to go ahead."
The Local Enterprise Partnership had previously approved the allocation of almost £6m on two other developments at Dolphin Square and Filwood Green Business Park.