Primrose Bridge in Netherton is set to be rejuvenated thanks to a £1.8m investment from the Department for Transport (DfT).
Primrose Bridge on the Cradley Road, affectionately known locally as the Astle Bridge forms part of the DfTs £33m nationwide improvement programme which aims to improve the condition of local roads and infrastructure to make journeys on local roads safer and more reliable.
Currently designated as a weak bridge with a 7.5 tonne weight limit, the repair work will increase the bridge load carrying capacity to 40 tonnes so that it can safely carry heavy good vehicles and buses.
Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental, highways and street services, said:
I was delighted to receive the news that ministers had agreed we were to receive the maximum funding contribution from The Department for Transport as Primrose, or as it’s known locally ‘Astle’ bridge is held in great affection by residents. Being awarded this funding means we will be able to restore local pride and make these important repairs.
By strengthening the bridge, we will make the route accessible for heavier vehicles and more importantly, buses, hopefully allowing more people to make better use of public transport and all the benefits that brings.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said:
"The West Midlands is undergoing a transport revolution, and I am delighted that the government continues to invest in and support our exciting plans.
"There has been lots of talk about our multi-billion-pound public transport programme where we are re-opening old railway lines, introducing state-of-the-art buses, and of course extending the Midland Metro. But just as important in all of this is the improvements we have planned to upgrade the region’s road network and tackle congestion."
"I am therefore really pleased to see the government put £1.8m towards the redevelopment of the Astle Bridge, and I look forward to working with Dudley Council to make sure work is completed on budget, on time, and with minimal disruption."
The project has been awarded a £1.887m contribution to the repairs by the DfT, with Dudley Council providing the additional funds to cover the overall spend of £2.2m.