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Massive boost for A45 project

PLANS to divert a section of the A45 - paving the way for a runway extension - have received a £15m boost.

PLANS to divert a section of the A45 - paving the way for a runway extension - have received a £15m boost.

The Regional Growth Fund this week agreed the grant, which will help fund work on the Coventry Road.

At a key meeting next week, airport bosses will now discuss how to move forward with the extension.

The project has struggled to get off the ground since planning permission was awarded two years ago.

At one time it was hoped the runway would be ready for the London Olympics, now it’s likely to open in 2014.

Paul Kehoe, the airport’s chief executive, said it was “excellent news” that the A45 scheme had received funding.

But Joe Peacock, from Birmingham Friends of the Earth, was critical of the decision to pump public money into the scheme.

“The airport claims to be good for the economy but puts its hands into the tax payers’ pockets time and time again,” he said.

And it was announced earlier this week that Jaguar Land Rover will also receive a hefty wedge of cash from the Growth Fund.

The car giant made a successful £70m bid for two research and development projects, creating around 6500 jobs.

It’s the latest bit of good news for the Indian-owned firm, who have enjoyed record-breaking sales figures in recent months.

Solihull MP Lorely Burt said: “The news could not be better, this will benefit not just Solihull but the region as a whole.”

 

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