Up the junction!

14 May 2024 12:24
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Putting the case: Chris Green with regional infrastructure minister Huw Merriman

THE government is being urged to spend some of the £500million released by scrapping the HS2 rail line to Manchester to ease Horwich and Westhoughton’s motoring misery.
Bolton West MP Chris Green pressed the need for the delivery of Junction 7 on the M61 when he met with the government’s regional infrastructure minister.
And he has pledged to continue to put the case for investment in building the ‘missing junction’.
He said: “So many local residents want to see Junction 7 of the M61 delivered. It would reduce congestion in Horwich at peak times.
“With the cancellation of HS2, the North West has been allocated £500m to spend on capital projects. I will continue to push for some of this money to be spent on building Junction 7.”
Mr Green added: “When Huw Merriman, the minister for rail and regional infrastructure, visited Bolton, I took the opportunity to press for more investment locally.
the North West has been allocated £500m to spend on capital projects.
“As he has the responsibility for regional infrastructure, I pushed the case for him to deliver Junction 7 on the M61, which would do so much to take pressure off our local roads.”
The government has allocated around £500m for capital projects in the region following it decision to scrap the HS2 high-speed rail link between Birmingham and Manchester. The cash is to be earmarked for transport improvements.

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