* Please note this page was written before the road opened in December 2015 - we have kept it on the website for interest *
The new link road will bring a host of benefits – environmental, economic and social.
The scheme is vital to improving the quality of life for the local community, but also for the prosperity of businesses in the Bay and further afield across the county. Businesses will be able to rely on the road once more, making the area more attractive to new enterprise and investors, boosting the economy and providing more jobs.
The key environmental gains of the scheme are:
- Improving air quality
- Reducing noise levels
- Road safety improvements
- Habitat enhancements
Other benefits include:
- Sustainable transport with more cycle routes
- More reliable buses
- Improved train service, with a potential new station
- Better quality of life for local residents
Economically, the main rewards are through the return on investment into the scheme. In other words for each pound spent on the road, there will be £9 in return, by creating the right conditions for investment and savings in benefits. It creates the right conditions for valuable new jobs, new business and new opportunities that can help the economy to grow.
To find out more about the benefits the new road will bring, take a look at the key documents page. From here you can download the full cost / benefit analysis and other documents that explain the methodology and background around the benefits.