This week it has been announced that Plymouth City Council had been awarded £8.313m from the National Productivity Investment Fund. The money awarded to Plymouth City Council will be used for the Forder Valley Interchange, Morlaix Drive Access Improvement and Bus Priority Scheme.
The fund, targeted at easing congestion and providing upgrades on important national, regional or local routes, has funded 76 projects to the extent of a sizeable £244m nationally.
With the north of the city set to grow significantly in the next 15 years, improving the city’s infrastructure is essential in allowing that growth to take place.
Speaking on the announcement, Johnny Mercer MP, said:
“Only last week I met with officers from Plymouth City Council to hear about some of the strategic projects being worked on within the city at the moment and I’m delighted to see their hard work rewarded and recognised by central government.
“I think most people would agree that in the 90s and 2000s, Plymouth didn’t see the investment in infrastructure that we would have liked. However, if you contrast that against what is happening right now where upgrades are being made city-wide to support and rapidly growing city, I think that is why people now look and Plymouth and say it is a city that is on the up and starting to fulfil its potential.”