Transport Minister Announces £10m Funding Package For Islands

quay works 2014As expected, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has today announced a £10 million package to improve sea links between Scilly and Cornwall and upgrade roads on St Mary’s.

The Minister is visiting the islands today.

The new funding includes £7.3 million towards the £12.8 million scheme to improve harbour infrastructure at both St Mary’s and Penzance and £1.8 million to repair and resurface public roads.

Mr McLoughlin says: “This funding will make a huge difference to the people of Scilly and also to visitors to the island, so vital to the local economy. Good transport links and high quality infrastructure are key for the island.

“These improvements will not only make it easier for those living on the islands to get about, but will also benefit those visiting the Scilly Isles, which is very important for the local economy.”

The harbour scheme will see the quay extended and widened at St Mary’s, along with provision of new freight storage facilities and improved access for passengers.

It also includes dredging and some highway improvements in Penzance.

The roads funding for the Council of the Isles of Scilly will fund resurfacing for the majority of the local road network on the island and is a one off payment. It will be done at the same time as resurfacing of the airport runway.

Doing both at the same time while specialist equipment is on the island will save taxpayers a significant amount of money by sharing the cost of shipping a hot asphalt plant to the island between the two jobs.

The harbour infrastructure works are expected to begin this September and to be completed by June 2015. The St Mary’s Quay extension will be complete by March 2015, ahead of the summer season.

Works to maintain the local roads for which the Council is responsible will take place over this summer.

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