Plans for £63.5m distributor road in Melton being discussed

Plans for a relief road to reduce traffic congestion in Melton are due to be  considered next week.

The £63.5m scheme for a distributor road to the north and east of the town will be discussed by the county council’s development control and regulatory board on Thursday, 23rd May.

The proposals outlined in the detailed plans up for discussion include a re-alignment of the River Eye and the creation of six roundabouts.

Subject to planning approval, work on the relief road is set to start next year and be completed in 2022.

The route of the road runs from the A606 Nottingham Road and crosses Scalford Road, Melton Spinney Road and Thorpe Road (A607) before re-joining the A606 Burton Road.

Back in May 2018, the Department of Transport awarded £49.5m from its Large Local Majors Fund towards the scheme.

The county council then announced its preferred route for the relief road before setting out the detail in the planning application.

Byron Rhodes, deputy leader, Leicestershire County Council said: “The relief road is absolutely vital to the future prosperity of the town and surrounding areas.”

“The plans have been carefully developed to minimise the impact on the environment, local landowners and residents and, along the way, there have been refinements to the route following the feedback received.”