By Daniel Hunter

Plans to replace the sub-standard bridge carrying the A6 London Road over the Derby to Birmingham railway have been given the go-ahead, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin confirmed.

The £6.884 million package will enable a full replacement of the bridge to national weight carrying standards.

"The £4.4 million we are putting into this project shows that the government is serious about investing in the infrastructure the country needs to drive economic growth," Patrick McLoughlin said.

"This scheme will remove the weight restrictions imposed on traffic using this bridge. If not sorted, the situation will simply get worse and eventually lead to closure of this important radial route into Derby. The announcement I am making will ensure continued and improved access to the city centre and remove limits to the amount of development that could take place in the area."

The ‘London Road (Derby) Bridge replacement major scheme’ was one of the schemes given funding approval in 2011 as part of the ‘Spending review’ process. Work is scheduled to start in May and be completed in September 2014.

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