More homes and jobs expected following £6.5m investment

West of England Metro mayor - Tim Bowles

West of England Metro Mayor, Tim Bowles

The West of England Combined Authority will invest £6.5m to kick-start a series of major schemes aimed at getting the region to secure more homes and jobs for local people.

The decision to invest in a series of business cases and feasibility studies to look at schemes in more detail was made at a Combined Authority meeting in Bath recently.

The authority committee is chaired by the regional Mayor, Tim Bowles, and is made up of the leaders and Mayor from the three authorities in the region.

Bowles, comments: “This funding will allow us to look in more detail at some really ambitious schemes that could make a big difference to residents and businesses across our region. This includes improving transport routes – rail, public transport, road, walking and cycling – and investing in infrastructure to support building new homes.

“I have now asked our constituent councils to develop robust business cases and feasibility studies to look at the schemes in more detail. These will then come back to a future meeting of the Combined Authority for further discussion.”

Some of the projects that we will be looking at include Bath & Somer Valley Enterprise Zone, the Temple Meads masterplan and East of Bath link.