Staffordshire County Council has been awarded £5million from the Department for Transport to make vital repairs to St. Peter’s Bridge and Burton Bridge, following a successful joint campaign by Burton’s Member of Parliament Andrew Griffiths and County Council for Tower Division Conor Wileman.
The money will be used to replace the bearings on St. Peter’s Bridge, which need urgent work, as well as to carry out other vital repairs and maintenance to Burton Bridge.
As part of the lobbying efforts, Andrew met with Transport Ministers Andrew Jones MP and Jesse Norman MP, and Conor worked closely with the County Council’s officers to ensure the bid was top quality.
Andrew said: “This new funding to repair Burton’s bridges is fantastic news for everyone who lives and works in Burton, and I am delighted that Conor and I have been able to bring this investment to the town.
“Anyone who goes over Burton’s bridges on a regular basis could see that repairs needed to be done. The work would not have been able to be completed without this money, and it will now secure this vital part of Burton’s road network for years to come and will give a real boost to the town’s economy.
“My thanks to the Ministers at the Department for agreeing this funding which is so important to the town.”
The funding for the bridge repairs has come from the Department for Transport’s Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund, and £75million worth of funding has been announced in the fund’s tranche announced today.
Announcing the projects that are set to benefit from the fund, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP said: “The Challenge Fund enable local highway authorities to carry out major maintenance projects that might otherwise be difficult to fund. It will help to keep traffic moving and bridges open, and support communities and local businesses with well-maintained roads.”