£4M Bid to Improve Wellington Transport

£4M Bid to Improve Wellington Transport

A bid for nearly £4 million to improve travel and transport around Wellington was submitted to the National Productivity Investment Fund on 30 June 2017. The National Productivity Investment Fund was announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement. The Department for Transport asked local authorities to submits bids for funding to relieve congestion, upgrade local roads and public transport networks, unlock economic and job creation opportunities and enable the delivery of new housing developments.

Telford & Wrekin Council has developed the Growing Wellington bid to improve travel in and around Wellington to improve access to the town and support the vitality of the town.

One of the key areas mentioned is to reduce congestion on the B5061 from TCAT to Ketley Brook.

Work is expected to take around 18months.

4 thoughts on “£4M Bid to Improve Wellington Transport

  • July 17, 2017 at 7:22 pm
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    Don’t just give me a random map. I’d like to see an actual breakdown of who gets the money, where the money is spent and how the money is spent. £4 million is a lot of money if they are just adding new bus routes and filling in potholes.

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  • July 17, 2017 at 7:36 pm
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    What’s this new housing up at Apley? I thought the developers were paying for the road upgrades there.

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  • July 17, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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    Debbie Lane, the map is not random, it shows where the work is happening.

    a) What is the problem that is being addressed?
    Wellington is a historic market town, within the urban area of Telford that in addition to the market and
    High Street hosts the two further education colleges in the Borough, the Accident & Emergency Hospital,
    AFC Telford United football ground, Wrekin Retail Park, the Wrekin Hills tourism site and Wellington
    railway station. Wellington has the potential for almost 1,600 homes within 2.5miles. Wellington suffers
    from parking capacity issues with parking at 98% capacity, severe congestion problems and poor air
    quality. This package of transport investment seeks to cater for growth in a sustainable way whilst
    supporting regeneration of Wellington town centre.
    b) What options have been considered and why have alternatives been rejected?
    Telford & Wrekin Council has an adopted Transport Growth Strategy, which has considered the future
    transport needs of the borough in order to cater for future growth up to 2031. This package of
    improvements has considered purely highway based strategy, purely sustainable transport strategy and
    a balanced approached. Within Wellington there is limited scope for building new roads or parking
    capacity in order to cater for future growth. This package therefore looks to make Wellington more
    accessible, managing existing demand and promoting sustainable transport links to the town centre.
    http://www.telford.gov.uk/downloads/download/695/transport_growth_strategy
    c) What are the expected benefits/outcomes? For example, could include easing urban
    congestion, job creation, enabling a number of new dwellings, facilitating increased GVA.
    This scheme will look to reduce congestion by managing the network using traffic technology, allowing
    housing to be delivered, reducing the impact of growth whilst improving air quality and safety. This
    scheme will kick start regeneration in Wellington, increase land values and reduce empty properties. The
    bid will lead to improved access to education and health facilities nearby, in particular the Princess Royal
    Hospital, which is close to Wellington. Finally the bid will support and enhance sustainable transport,
    encouraging a shift to more sustainable modes including improved links to the railway station, increasing
    bus patronage and increasing cycling and walking.

    The proposals will also make Wellington town centre more attractive to developers and retailers and
    bring in partners interested in improving the retail offer in that area. Wellington is experiencing
    challenges similar to those of many smaller towns, compounded here by the proximity of the regionally
    significant shopping destination of Telford Centre. However the new library and civic offices have
    brought new life to part of the town and the town is trying to achieve a position in 2020 where people with
    a range of income levels (including middle and higher income residents from the town’s suburban and
    rural hinterland) will use Wellington centre more regularly for aspects of their shopping and spend longer
    in the town when they visit. It will be common for these shoppers to undertake their main weekly grocery
    shop at one of the larger local supermarkets (or online) and then “top up” in Wellington town centre.
    Wellington is also seeking to become a place where people choose to spend their free time; a social
    centre in additional to a commercial and retail centre. People from around the town and elsewhere in the
    borough will come here to take part in activities, and to meet friends at the town’s pubs, cafés and
    restaurants.

    The measures proposed in the package will make the town centre more accessible for these “top up”
    visits and social visits leading to increases in footfall, town centre vitality measured by empty retail units
    or closed retail units and gross value added in the town centre. The opportunity is created to make the
    town centre more attractive to inward investment, reducing the number of empty properties in the town
    which will have a knock on effect on land values.
    Environmentally the Growing Wellington has specifically considered the B5061 Holyhead Road to the
    south east of the town, which forms the main road route between Wellington and Telford. This is a
    particularly congested road and the measures will both reduce car travel by offering choice and
    improving the attractiveness of bus travel, cycling and walking and improve traffic flow in the area. This
    will reduce noise along this section of road and also improve air quality. The 2016 Telford & Wrekin
    Council air quality annual status report indicates that this area is at risk of forming a future Air Quality
    Management Area, therefore these measures form an important part of preventing this happening. The
    B5061 is also to be part of the focus of the new traffic measures to improve traffic flow in this area.
    The transport modelling that took place to provide evidence for the Transport Growth Strategy forecast
    an increase in traffic during the AM peak of 30% in 2031, compared to 2009 base year and an increase
    of 42% during the PM peak. Within Wellington there is limited scope to address this with additional
    highway construction. This package therefore seeks to promote bus, cycling and walking links to the
    town to make Wellington more accessible and sustainable.

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