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MP hands Minister YOUR roads petition

Boston's bid for a share of roads building cash from a new Government fund has gone right to the top, thanks to MP Matt Warman.

He presented the Transport for Boston petition, raised by readers of the Boston Standard and supported by Boston Borough Council, Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, the Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association, to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

Mr Grayling unveiled earlier this year that additional funding was to be made available to create a new major road network designed to reduce congestion and boost economic growth.

The Government is to announce which schemes, valued from £20 million up to £100 million, have been selected for cash from the National Roads Fund.

The petition he now has from Boston highlights the need to speed up delivery of the already-planned distributor road, which otherwise might not be substantially complete for years to come.

Mr Warman said: "I was very pleased to be able to present the Transport for Boston petition to the Transport Secretary, and highlight to him the importance of a bypass for the town. This is something he has given his personal support for, and he said that he hopes to receive a bid from the local authority in due course. I look forward to continuing my work with both the borough and county councils to push forward this project, so that we can get moving on a bypass for Boston."

Cllr Michael Cooper, Leader of Boston Borough Council, applauded the efforts made to bring Boston's need to attention at the highest levels of Government.

He said:  "A document from Boston signed by hundreds is now in the hands of the Transport Secretary making him aware of the opportunities to tackle traffic congestion with a plan already at an advanced stage, better transportation in an area vital to the nation's food security, a boost to economic development and job creation, more much-needed housing and a chance to address long-standing air quality issues."

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