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£10 million government funding for new Ash Bridge to unlock housing potential and reduce congestion

Today (1 February) the government announced that we were successful in our £10 million funding bid from the new national Housing Infrastructure Fund.

Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, says: "This is fantastic news for the Council and local residents, particularly in the Ash area, and supports our plans to improve infrastructure across the whole borough. There was strong national competition and it's great that our bid for ten million pounds to part fund the new Ash Road Bridge was successful. We are the highest of the two successful bids in Surrey and it recognises the scheme's ambition, benefits and deliverability. Also the vital part it plays in unlocking the potential for much needed new homes.

"A new road bridge over the railway in Ash will also reduce traffic congestion and enable Network Rail to remove the existing level crossing, which is one of their identified safety hotspots. The Council is leading this strategic project and working very closely with them and others to deliver this key local improvement.

"The scheme proposes a new road bridge on the A323, over the rail line on land to the south-east of Ash station. Work is ongoing to finalise the exact re-routing and design and we will publish further information when this is ready."

Cllr Furniss adds: "I would like to thank the government for their support in part-funding this priority scheme that will help enable proposed housing in our submitted Local Plan. We will continue to work with them as the scheme progresses to provide the critical infrastructure that our community needs now and in the future."

To see the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government press release, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/866-million-investment-to-help-unlock-potential-200000-new-homes

Published on Thursday 1 February.

Watch a short video of Cllr Matt Furniss talking about the government infrastructure funding and unlocking housing potential.