Regional Planning and Development: Shropshire

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 24th March 2015.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of Shropshire's Growth Deal.

Photo of Greg Clark Greg Clark Minister of State (Universities and Science), Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

So far, £7bn has been awarded to Local Enterprise Partnerships through Growth Deals. £83m has been awarded to the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership which includes £11.6m for projects in Shropshire, including £5m for super-fast broadband, £4.2m for the construction of the Oxon Link Road near Shrewsbury, and £2.4m for the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package which will upgrade six major junctions to ease congestion in and around the town.

In the recent Marches Growth Deal Expansion the Government also committed to support the development of a new university college at Shrewsbury, an initiative being supported by a £17m loan from the Public Works Loan Board.

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