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Cash to improve links to East West Rail announced

East West Rail clearance work and ecological survey at Swanbourne Station area.
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East West Rail clearance work and ecological survey at Swanbourne Station area. 140129M-A215 ENGPNL00120140129160419

Funding to improve bus and cycle connections between Buckingham and the new East West Rail station in Winslow has been announced as part of a £44.2 million investment in Bucks by the government.

Also announced was support for a £1m project to create the Silverstone Metrology Centre, as part of a £67.3m investment for Northants.

Around £1.8 million is to be spent by central government on bus and cycle connections to enhance “sustainable transport connectivity around key stations, including easier onward access to key employment sites at Silverstone (Winslow).”

The Silverstone Metrology Centre will be a “high precision measurement facility for small and medium sized enterprises working in high performance technology industries such as motorsports, enabling them to develop new products.”

Central government has agreed to invest £0.3m in the centre.

Rt Hon Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for culture, media and sport, made the announcement this morning, saying that the cash, which is part of the government’s National Growth Fund will help to find a range of big money projects.

Bucks County Council leader Martin Tett praised the news.

He said: “The announcement is a major vote of confidence in Buckinghamshire.

“We were in competition with projects submitted from all across the country, including the major cities. The award demonstrates the strength of our bid, our evidence base and the strong team working between councils and the Bucks business community.

“The Government recognised that we are an ‘economic engine’ for the entire UK economy, with companies such as those at Silverstone and Arla, GE Healthcare and of course Pinewood making Buckinghamshire their home.”

 

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